Proportional Representation

7 Apr 2017

Fighting for fair votes around the world – lessons from the Global Greens Congress

Pic: @JohnGormley Proportional representation has been a longstanding campaign of the Greens. But not just here in the UK – democratic reform is often a key plank of Green platforms. So it was fascinating to see leaders of the Green parties of Canada, New Zealand, the US, Japan and Korea come speak alongside each other at Make Votes Matter’s fringe at the Green Party’s Spring Conference in […]
6 Apr 2017

How PR ‘completely transformed’ New Zealand politics: Metiria Turei, Green Party co-leader

In 1996, New Zealand introduced the Mixed Member Proportion (MMP) voting system – a mixed FPTP and proportional list voting system. It was a big step forward for the fight for fair votes everywhere. I went to the Global Greens’ Congress in Liverpool last weekend – and had the chance to catch up with Metiria Turei, the co-leader of the New Zealand Green Party - who was elected when PR was first […]
21 Mar 2017

We did it: petition for PR hits 100,000 signatures

We did it. The petition to introduce real Proportional Representation for Westminster has hit its target of 100,000 – with over two weeks to go. Thousands of you shared our blogs, tweets, emails and posts about the petition. And it’s paid off. It had about 50,000 signatures at the start of February, meaning it has surged over the past month to get it over the threshold to go before the Petitions […]
7 Feb 2017

100,000 names for PR: let’s get fair votes on Parliament’s agenda

Sign Petition Four months ago, an electoral reform supporter started a petition on the government’s e-petition site to introduce a proportional voting system for Westminster elections. Today, it has over 60,000 signatures – and is growing by the day. With eight weeks to go, this petition from Makes Votes Matter (and backed by us at the ERS) has a real chance of reaching the 100,000 needed to be […]
2 Feb 2017

Senedd reform and local PR: an exciting week for Welsh democracy

As the political world shifts from its axis in a tumultuous first month of 2017, you’d be forgiven for missing on some other developments in the electoral reform agenda in Wales. Whisper it, but all in all, this has been a remarkable week. Two developments are advancing our cause significantly – and are the culmination of ERS’ long-term campaigns. First, the Cabinet Secretary for Local Government […]
3 Nov 2016

Electoral reform is making waves across the Atlantic

There’s something in the air, it seems. As I write, electoral reformers in Canada and the US have a real chance of securing a fairer voting system. As US voters prepare to pick their next President, there’s another interesting vote happening which we’re keeping a close eye on. In the state of Maine, voters are heading to the ballot box in five days to decide whether to adopt ‘ranked voting’ (the […]
11 Oct 2016

PR across the pond: the push for fair votes in the US

This week is European Local Democracy Week 2016 , and to mark it, we're running a series of discussion articles on how to make the London Assembly more democratic. Yesterday we published our first piece in the series , calling for the Single Transferable Vote for the Assembly. The following is a guest post from Rob Richie , Executive Director of FairVote – the organisation campaigning for a […]
26 Sep 2016

Why PR must be at the heart of Labour's reform agenda: Katie Ghose at #Lab16

The following is based on Katie Ghose’s speech at the launch of the Fabian Society’s new report on democratic reform ('Politics by People') at Labour Party conference on the 25 th September. You can read about the Fabians’ democracy charter, signed by over 50 senior labour movement figures, here: www.fabiandemocraticreform.org.uk Firstly, thank you to the Fabian Society and the Joseph Rowntree […]
18 Jul 2016

Electoral Reform in Parliament again

Two of our issues are back in the House of Commons this week as Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, will be presenting her ‘Electoral Reform (Proportional Representation and Reduction of Voting Age)’ motion. Whilst ‘ Ten Minute Rule ’ motions of this kind rarely become law, they provide a chance for MPs to support a motion they care about and a chance for arguments of both […]
29 Mar 2016

The Irish election: How PR can keep the local link

The General Election in Ireland last month was an earthquake in Irish politics. Ireland now has a vastly more diverse political landscape, with the results a reflection of a major decline in party loyalties - and some big changes to politics more generally – something that is happening across much of Europe. With voters supporting an ever wider range of parties – as well as independents - it’s […]