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

21 Mar 2017

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 Committee of the House of Commons and be considered for a full debate.

The success of the push follows growing support to move to a Proportional Representation (PR) for General Elections, with an Early Day Motion to make votes matter attracting the support of 68 MPs and a newly established All Party Parliamentary Group for PR - chaired by Chuka Umunna MP – hitting the ground running with an inquiry into the success of PR in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

And it’s also a sign of is a sign of the strength of feeling among voters to ensure their voices are heard in Parliament. Everyone wants to know their votes really count. So this is a time for the phrase ‘take back control’ to be turned into action.

As our Chief Executive Katie Ghose told the Independent last week: “In this new constitutional era, we need a more accountable and fairly-elected Parliament that reflects the true diversity of opinion in modern Britain. Gone are the days when people only voted for two parties. Support for other parties soared at the last General Election: it’s time we had a voting system that reflects that.”

The petition’s 100,000 milestone also follows a motion passed just a couple of weeks ago by the London Assembly in support of PR. The motion - introduced by the Green Party’s Siân Berry AM – responded to a private member’s Bill to scrap fair votes for devolved elections in England and Wales. (Thankfully the Bill is very likely to fall – not least because there’s no appetite for it!).

With the PR petition hitting 100,000 signatures, it means it stands a good chance of securing a full Westminster Hall debate in Parliament.

We now hope MPs will listen and meaningfully debate proportional voting for Westminster, as we saw used in Northern Ireland just a few weeks ago, and which we’ll see in local elections in Scotland too in just a couple of months’ time.

It’s important that we keep up the momentum on this, so we’ll be doing everything we can do make sure it happens. You can still sign the petition here to keep up the pressure.

So much has changed this past few years. It’s time for a debate on real electoral reform: thank you for helping make sure it happens. 

Keep signing and sharing!


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

Raymond Head 21 Mar 2017
Elaine Sultana 21 Mar 2017

Proportional Representation is much more democractic than "first past the post".   Please join us in campaigning for this form of voting, because without it, many of the electorate simply cannot be bothered to vote!

Elaine Sultana 21 Mar 2017

Please consider joining this campaign, because its outcome could affect you and your children, and even make all the difference to their futures. First past the post is a very undemocratic method of counting votes, which will leave many of the electorate COLD. I believe there are very many who really want this change. Please join us!

Nigel Baldwin 22 Mar 2017

For every 100 times the House of Commons votes PR down or refuses even to discuss it, like the ghost of Banquo in Shakespeare's Macbeth, PR will always return. 
The injustices endemic in the First Past the Post system will guarantee it.

Barry 26 Mar 2017

Not only should there be a debate in Westminster but eventually they should get around to approving a process whereby we the electorate get to choose a new system. New Zealand's way of changing from First Past The Post to PR is a model that has much to recommend it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_reform_in_New_Zealand
Though any new referendum should drop the Preference Voting option since  we did vote against the Alternative Vote in 2011.

P T Hampton 2 Apr 2017

In New Zealand the public were given a choice as you rightly mention, I would imagine that the system of AV along with the other Three systems were explained in great detail to New Zealanders giving them informed choice.
New Zealanders roundly rejected AV for the very poor system it is. Compare this to the UK where there was only a choice between keeping FPTP or switching to AV in 2011, pretty obvious the UK would stick with the FPTP devil they know however outdated and undemocratic it was.
I also agree that AV should not be part of any new referendum.


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