"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 campaigning for the Labour Party to support a more proportional voting system.

We believe the current voting system ("First Past the Post") is unfair, outdated and not fit for purpose.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.


After the 2019 election, the arguments for proportional representation are more compelling than ever. First Past the Post has handed Boris Johnson a huge parliamentary majority, on well under half the popular vote.  Labour members and supporters must come together to ensure we replace this corrupt voting system. Stand up and be counted - join LCER today!

CAMPAIGNing in a changed landscape

Local Labour party meetings are on hold until further notice, but if your branch or CLP is holding informal meetings online, we're happy to provide a speaker on voting reform. Just fill in our speaker request form in the normal way. 
Before Coronavirus hit, we were planning a major campaign to bring motions on PR to the next Labour Party Conference. The 2020 Conference has now been postponed, but we're still working on this campaign.

We're consulting

Three-quarters of Labour Party members now support the introduction of a more proportional voting system.

LCER is conducting a series of surveys to better understand why Labour members support PR, and what sort of systems they would prefer.

Please take our latest survey!

keir starmer and angela rayner

The wait is over; on Saturday 4 April, the results of the Labour Party elections for the leadership and deputy leadership were announced. Keir Starmer won the leadership contest with 56% of the vote, and Angela Rayner won the deputy leadership contest on the third round, with 52% of the vote. They begin their leadership at a time of national crisis; we wish them well.

During his election campaign, Keir Starmer made statements in support of a more proportional voting system, and Angela Rayner's statements expressed openness, if not a full commitment, to PR. The Labour Party now has a leadership team more committed to democratic reform than at any time in the last 25 years, and arguably in its entire history. 


“We’ve got to address the fact that millions of people vote in safe seats and they feel their voice doesn’t count. That’s got to be addressed by electoral reform. We will never get full participation in our electoral system until we do that at every level. I would consult the Party membership on electoral reform and include it within the constitutional convention that looks at wider democratic renewal--including abolishing the Lords and furthering devolution on the principles of federalism.”


"I’m open to change in how we do business [...] but personally my top concern is to keep the link between politicians and constituencies

Without a doubt, the first major constitutional reform should be replacing the House of Lords and I don't think there is any doubt that would need a new electoral system. I also support using STV in internal party elections. If we are serious about democratic reform in the country, we can show it within our own party first."   full text

Maths, Morality and Modernity

Clive Lewis's address to LCER's Annual General Meeting
(February 4th 2020)

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2019 election: What would the  result have been under PR?

It isn't possible to say exactly what the result would have been under PR, and beware of anyone who tells you otherwise! Voting patterns would be different under PR: turnout would most likely be higher if everyone's vote counted, and almost everyone would vote according to their conviction rather than tactically. 

But one thing is absolutely clear: the Conservatives would not have won an 86-seat majority under a fair voting system.  The graphic below, from Channel 4's FactCheck report, shows how Parliament might look under PR, assuming that everyone voted as they did on December 12.

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.

LCER blog posts

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


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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We collaborate with many other organisations promoting democratic reform.

LCER is a signatory to the cross-party Good Systems Agreement

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




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