Bromley & Chislehurst Constituency Labour Party has this week passed a motion in support of electoral reform.

With the UK being just one of two countries in Europe using the First Past the Post system in general elections, the motion notes that there are systems of PR that retain a strong constituency link between MPs and their electorates and allow voters to vote for candidates rather than just party lists, while ensuring that all votes count equally and seats match votes.

The motion notes that:

  • First Past the Post has too often gifted the Conservatives a parliamentary majority despite having the support of only a minority of the electorate. In 19 of the last 20 general elections, most people have voted for parties to the left of the Conservatives, yet the Tories have been in power for most of this time.
  • This has had devastating consequences for the people the Labour Party represents. Attacks on the welfare state, public services and workers’ rights have been carried out by successive Conservative governments that could not have held office under a proportional system. This has contributed to making the UK one of the most unequal societies in the OECD.

The CLP calls on the Party to:

  • Reject First Past the Post, the voting system currently used for general elections, and to support the introduction of a form of Proportional Representation in which all votes count equally and seats match votes.
  • To set out how it will select a new, proportional voting system for general elections, in time to offer it as a concrete alternative to First Past the Post in our next manifesto.

We also call on the Justice and Home Affairs Policy Commission of the National Policy Forum to consult the party membership specifically about their views on Proportional Representation in the next cycle of policy documents.

For any media enquiries on the motion, please contact comms@bromleyandchislehurstlabour.org.uk.

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