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IAN MURRAY is a supporter of PR. He gave a detailed response to our questions.
"Proportional Representation is well established in the UK,with proportional systems used in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and in London, for the Assembly elections [...]
As a former councillor in Edinburgh, I supported the introduction of STV for local council elections in Scotland and would welcome this being introduced in other parts of the UK. When it comes to General Elections, FPTP [...] retains the constituency link between MPs and their constituents,and I believe that a geographical link must always be preserved."
ANGELA RAYNER responded to our questions, expressing openness, if not a commitment, to voting reform.
"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."
DAWN BUTLER: historically undecided, now a convert to PR
“I fully support voting reform as I believe there are real grievances with First Past the Postthat need to be addressed. Everyone must feel as though their vote really counts and makes a difference at election time and we need a voting system which truly does just that."
Read more on the ERS website
RICHARD BURGON: historically undecided at best, now open to voting reform
“So if Labour members support a change in the electoral system then this is something I will push for as Deputy Leader and defend being in the next manifesto. My own personal position on the question of voting reform is that I have always been concerned about how any proportional system would maintain the link between constituents and Members of Parliament."
Read more on the ERS website
ROSENA ALLIN KHAN: no statement on voting reform during the campaign, as far as we know.
The MVM website lists her as "undecided"
what our members can do
Timetable for the contest
7 January: Nominations open from MPs and MEPs
13 January: Nominations from MPs and MEPs close, 2.30pm
14 January: Registered supporters applications open, 5pm
15 January: Nominations from CLPs and affiliates open
Those who have enough nominations to enter must be supported by either five per cent of all constituency Labour parties or three Labour affiliates - of which at least two must be trade unions - in order to proceed.
16 January: Registered supporters applications close, 5pm
20 January: Deadline for new members and affiliated supporters, 5pm
14 February: Nominations from CLPs and affiliates close
21 February: Ballot opens
2 April: Ballot closes, midday
4 April: Special conference to announce result and the new Labour Party leader
Saturday 18 January - Liverpool
You can watch the hustings live, or at a later point, at this link here
Saturday 25 January - Leeds
Saturday 1 February - Bristol
Sunday 2 February - Cardiff
Saturday 8 February - Nottingham
Sunday 9 February - West Bromwich
Saturday 15 February - Glasgow
Sunday 16 February - London
Saturday 22 February - Bedford
Sunday 23 February - Durham
Saturday 29 February - Brighton
8 – 9 February
weekend 15-16 February