"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

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LCER is a network of Labour Party members and supporters seeking to persuade Labour to include in its manifesto a commitment to proportional representation.

We believe the current voting system ("First Past the Post") is unfair, outdated and not fit for purpose. We want to see FPTP replaced with a voting system in which everyone’s vote counts, seats are allocated broadly in proportion to the votes cast, and the link is maintained between MPs and their constituents.


John McDonnell calls
for voting reform

John McDonnell supports PR. Photo FT 2018 © Cian Oba-Smith

"The current voting system is allowing the Tories to force extreme measures on our country, despite having won only 36.9 per cent of the vote...

We have to scrap First Past the Post".

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trade unionists

making the case for pr


The support of trade unionists is crucial to the success of our campaign to change the voting system.

Read about our work with the trades unions, and how you can be part of it.

READ our report:
the many, not the few

Produced jointly by LCER and Make Votes Matter, this report draws on research by political scientists analysing voting systems all over the world.

It shows that not only is PR more democratic than First Past the Post, it is associated with fairer societies, with more equal distributions of income and higher levels of public spending.

Report on proportional representation in the labour party LCER and MVM

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for your CLP or Trade Union meeting

Presentation on proportional representation at a labour party 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.

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"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

SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN FOR PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION!

VIDEOS ON
VOTING SYSTEMS

Video - MPs and others discussing electoral reform
Video - John Cleese makes the case for proportional representation

What's wrong with
First Past the Post?

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.

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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.

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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.

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links

We collaborate with many other organisations promoting democratic reform.

     

Link to Politics for the Many, Trade Unionists for Political Reform
 


 


CONTACT

Postal address:  84 Cranbrook Road, Bristol BS6 7DB

Email: lcer@labourcampaignforelectoralreform.org.uk


Phone:  0117 924 5139;  07712 511931


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