"Democracy is not just a means to an end. Democracy is a value in itself. And if we treasure that value, we need to provide a more democratic system for the centrepiece of our own political structure." - Robin Cook, 2005
LCER is a network of Labour Party members and supporters seeking to change the Labour Party's policy on the voting system used to elect MPs.
We believe the current "First Past the Post" voting system should be replaced with a system which makes votes count, and which allocates seats in Parliament in a way which broadly reflects the votes cast for each party.
John McDonnell calls
making the case for pr
The support of trade unionists is crucial to the success of our campaign to change the voting system.
READ our report:
invite a speaker
for your CLP or Trade Union meeting
We have a panel of speakers who are available to attend meetings all over the country.
If you would like to spark a discussion at a meeting of your local Labour Party or Trade Union, please contact us.
"I just wanted to let you know that our recent session on voting reform was one of the best debates we've had all year. The speaker was incredibly engaging and knowledgeable, and many members have told me how much they learned."
CLP secretary, Eastern Region
What's wrong with
Under FPTP, people living in safe seats know their vote will never make any difference - the election always hangs on a few voters in marginal seats. That's just plain wrong.
Are other voting systems any better than FPTP?
Across the world, most countries hold elections using proportional voting systems. Even in the UK, we use PR for elections to our Regional and London Assemblies.
Why must Labour take the lead on voting reform?
The Tories will never change the voting system - FPTP gives an inbuilt advantage to right-wing parties, because Labour voters tend to be concentrated in urban areas.