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Make Votes Matter – the case for Proportional Representation

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Is it time we replaced our First Past the Post voting system with something fairer?

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The idea of a minority ruling over the majority goes against our most basic ideas about democracy. But with First Past the Post, it's the norm. For about 90% of the time since 1935 we've had single-party 'majority' governments, but not one of them had the support of a majority of voters. The Conservatives currently hold a majority of seats with just 43.6% of the votes. In the 2019 election they gained an extra 48 seats despite an increase of only 1.2% of the vote share. Almost since the first general election, politicians who most of us didn't vote for and don't agree with have had the power to govern the UK however they like.

Laurie Taylor, from Make Votes Matter is going to talk to us about the need for reform and what alternative systems can be put in place. Laurie has set up a thriving group MVM group in Totnes to campaign for an end to our First Past the Post system and its replacement with a fairer system of voting.

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