Vote YES to fairer votes

On May 5th 2011, there will be a referendum on whether to adopt the Alternative Vote. The First Past The Post system hands power to the lucky few who live in marginal constituencies and sucks it away from the vast majority of us who do not. So over the next eight months the Liberal Democrats will be fighting hard, with others, for a ‘yes’ vote in the referendum.

I’ve pledged to vote YES to fairer votes on May 5th 2011.

We’ve seen the results of the current voting system from the War in Iraq to the MPs’ expenses scandals. The problem is that too many MPs do not answer to the voters because they are in a ‘safe seat’. Other MPs can get elected even though more than two thirds of people vote against them. Many votes are ‘wasted’.

It’s time to change this in Britain.

On May 5th 2011 millions of people across Britain will vote on how we elect our MPs. But it is about more than just changing the way we vote, it’s about giving power back to the voters and getting MPs and a Government that works for you. Already people are lining up to stop this change, to keep the current, broken system.

We cannot let them win. Join our campaign!

Register here to become part of the Liberal Democrats’ Fairer Votes Campaign and we’ll stay in touch as the campaign develops to let you know how to get involved and help shape a fairer future.

Comments

  1. Chris Paul October 3, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Poppycock!
    1. Why 600 seats not 500 or 200 3-member?
    2. Why based on registration not known population?
    3. Why no proper BCE etc process?
    Point is link these two things YOU lose; de-link them and WE might win on AV (which needless to say is not all that).
    You’re being too argumentative, yet without arguments being proferred. Calm down and debate what’s what.Or just bury your party by supporting every last bit of Tory twattle that comes out.

  2. Steve Middleton October 3, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Making boundaries equal-sized is not “opportunist redrawing”, in fact if the Lib Dems had not entered into a coalition with the Tories then the boundary changes would never have seen the light of day.

    It’s all about making voting fairer, something which will be to the detriment of Labour.

    No wonder you’re against it!

  3. Chris Paul October 3, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    It will be hard work to vote for AV if this is not de-coupled from opportunist redrawing of boundaries by your Tory chums.Yes to AV from my POV but No to random reform of seat numbers, based on registrations not true numbers. Which would mean No overall the way things stand.

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