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Electoral reform in Westminster

December 20, 2020 3:18 PM
By Ellen Nicholson
So called 'Safe seats' foster political disengagement and cynicism towards our political institutions. The last time SW Wiltshire (and earlier Westbury constituency) changed hands was 1923 when it switched from Liberal to Conservative (Unionist).
The average constituency last changed hands between parties in the 1960s, with some super safe seats having remained firmly in one-party control since the time of Queen Victoria.
Changing the way we run elections so that every vote matters towards the result, makes the walk the polling station worthwhile - for everyone.
A survey conducted by the House of Commons' Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee asked people what they thought the priorities should be for the Government's proposed Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission.
The survey gathered 18,521 responses, of which 77.9% said that a priority for the Commission should be looking at 'the electoral system'. It's a staggering result, given that nowhere in the government's plans is electoral reform mentioned. Perhaps it's should be called the 'Democracy Omission'.
Electoral reform has, of course, been a Liberal Democrats campaign for many years. Clearly the public agrees.
Read more here and sign the Electoral Reform Society's petition.