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Make Votes Matter - it’s time for reform!

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London's Living Room

110 The Queen's Walk

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SE1 2AA

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Join us for this interactive, cross-party discussion about Proportional Representation followed by a drinks reception in London’s Living Room, with a spectacular view of the city as night falls.

While the House of Commons continues to use the First Past the Post (FPTP) voting system, delivering disproportionate UK Parliaments that don’t reflect the way people voted, the London Assembly already uses a form of Proportional Representation (PR), and better represents the diverse population of London.

Speakers at this Make Votes Matter event will include London Assembly Members from parties across the political spectrum. They will discuss their personal experience of a proportional voting system and look at how FPTP compares with PR in the UK and around the world.

  • Siân Berry AM, Green Party
  • Tom Copley AM, Labour
  • Phil McDuff, Guardian journalist
  • Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrats
  • Sophie Walker, Leader, Women's Equality Party
  • Peter Whittle AM, UK Independence Party

The event will be chaired by Klina Jordan, Co-founder and Facilitator of Make Votes Matter, the national campaign for Proportional Representation in the House of Commons.

After hearing short presentations from the speakers the audience will have the opportunity to participate in the conversation by asking questions of the panel and sharing their own perspectives.

The event will be followed by a reception at which attendees will have the opportunity to continue the conversation over a glass of wine.


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Seats in the Westminster Parliament currently don’t match how people voted, because the UK uses the unrepresentative FPTP voting system, unlike the vast majority of developed nations.

Over the last 60 years, no new country in the world has adopted FPTP - in fact, a study showed that of 31 countries that changed their electoral system over the space of 20 years, 27 increased proportionality. Only one went in the opposite direction.

Forms of Proportional Representation are used in over 80% of the world’s democracies, and as a rule of thumb, if a party gets ten per cent of the vote, they get roughly ten per cent of the seats.

Proportional Representation means that smaller parties, like the Greens, Liberal Democrats and UKIP, are better represented, because all votes count. People want their voices to be heard - they want a fair voting system. The issue of our broken electoral system is not going away anytime soon.

To preserve its validity, our democracy needs a major overhaul and this event, held at the home of London’s government, will explore the reasons behind the current situation, the opportunities for reform and examine Proportional Representation as an alternative democratic model.

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