This week I chaired the AGM of the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform (LCER), at which I set out the case for replacing ‘First Past the Post’ with proportional representation, making the point that the Tories had secured 56% of the seats (providing a majority of 80) in Parliament with only 43% of the vote in December’s election.
I was joined by fellow MPs Clive Lewis and Fleur Anderson, who reflected the growing support within the Labour Party for change, with one recent poll suggesting the move is backed by 76% of Labour members.
LCER is seeking pledges from Labour leadership candidates on the issue, and I’m pleased that Keir Starmer has made the strongest commitment, saying “… millions of people vote in safe seats and they feel their voice doesn’t count. That’s got to be addressed by electoral reform ….. I would consult the Party membership on electoral reform and include it within the constitutional convention that looks at wider democratic renewal.”
See the statements from all the candidates and find out more about LCER here.