Angus Abranson (angusabranson) wrote,
Angus Abranson

More figures for Voting Reform

By Charles Kennedy MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats: Dear Mr Blair: Come Clean Over Vote Reform (The Independent; Thursday 26th May 2005)

"Put simply, it took 26,877 voters to elect a Labour MP, 44,251 to elect a Conservative MP and 96,378 to elect a Liberal Democrat. Therefore, my purpose in writing is to urge you to revisit the overwhelming case for electoral reform.

When you were in opposition, you actively courted my predecessor Paddy Ashdown with promises about reform of the voting system and a switch to proportional representation. In government, you set up a commission under the late Roy Jenkins - then refused to implement its findings. You set up a Joint Consultative Committee, which continued until it became clear that there was to be no serious movement on the matter of fair votes. Prime Minister, you have failed the electorate over the issue of PR."

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