Isn't it time for electoral reform?

I don't know about you but I think our electoral system is broken.

I have some experience I was a member of 2 political parties at some point in my life,  the Labour party and the Green Party. I was a Councillor for a number of years on Sefton Council and on Formby Parish Council and Little Altcar Parish Council. 

It's time to make long overdue changes and these short extracts from a Parliamentary debate explain why. Here's what the Electoral Reform Society has to say.

The Electoral Reform Society operates on a simple premise - that politics can be better than it is. We campaign for a better democracy.

The Electoral Reform Society is the UK’s leading voice for democratic reform. We work with everyone – from political parties, civil society groups and academics to our own members and supporters and the wider public – to campaign for a better democracy in the UK.

Our vision is a democracy fit for the 21st century, where every voice is heard, every vote is valued equally, and every citizen is empowered to take part.

Last week a group of MPs from across the political spectrum came together in parliament to debate the topic 'To make votes matter, adopt Proportional Representation for UK General Elections'.

Members of Labour, SNP, Green, Plaid Cymru and Liberal Democrat parties all stood up for fair votes. Here are three of the main speeches, but many more MPs made short interventions.

At the Westminster Hall debate on electoral reform. Jonathan Reynolds MP recalled his youth growing up in the North East of England - an area where the government simply didn't need to win votes to stay in power.

After gaining over a million votes in 2015 the Green Party only had one MP elected. Caroline Lucas MP explained the impact of First Past the Post on smaller parties in the UK at the Westminster Hall debate on electoral reform.

Closing up the Westminster Hall debate on making seats match votes, Tommy Sheppard MP pointed out that not one single support of first past the post had argued that seats should not match votes. Instead, they focus on a series of distractions and obfuscations.

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