by derekdeedman on 12 October, 2016
The EU referendum vote on 23 June enabled very many people, who had not voted previously, because they live in ‘safe’ constituencies for one of the major parties where they considerer their vote would be ‘wasted’, to exercise their vote for the first time. This was because, being a national vote, every vote counted.
With the number of constituencies being reduced for the next General Election in 2020 from 650 to 600, and therefore bigger constituencies, there will be even more ‘safe’ constituencies for one of the major parties.
The chances of electing anyone other than a SNP candidate in Scotand, or a Conservative of Labour candidate in England and Wales will be considerably reduced – whatever the national vote might be for the Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru (in Wales), Ukip or the Greens. How would this be democratic when some 30%of the electorate would be more-or-less unrepresented in Parliament? No doubt many more people would consider that to vote for one of those smaller parties (or indeed in safe Conservative or Labour areas for the minor party of the two) would be to ‘waste’ their vote.
An all-party petition is being organised calling on Parliament to change the electoral system to a proportional one for UK General Elections, so that no vote would be ‘wasted’ and we would be able to justifiably claim that we live in a democratic country.
Click this link to sign the petition “To make votes matter, adopt Proportional Representation for UK General Elections”
The Petitions team
UK Government and Parliament