The following motion was moved by Julia Wheeler and carried by members at a General meeting of the CLP on 19th January 2019.
Broadland Constituency Party Calls upon the Labour 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.
Additionally, calls upon the Justice and Home Affairs Policy Commission of the National Policy Forum – or the relevant body following the Democracy Review – to consult the party membership about their views on the above proposal in the next cycle of policy documents.
Many believe that the first past the post (FPTP) system used to elect MPs is broken such that Parliament does not reflect how people voted and millions of people feel locked out of the political system. The website of the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform (LCER – which works specifically within the Labour Party) contains extensive information on proprtional representatation (PR) and the campaign to change our first past the post voting system to one of proportional representation. The argument is that seats in Parliament should match how the people vote – and that every vote should count, regardless of where you live or for who you vote. You can support the LECR campaign for the Labour Party to back proportional representation and join LECR’s growing network of members and affiliated organisations on their website.
Make Votes Matter is an all party campaign for electoral reforn which also campaigns for the House of Commons to be elected by PR.