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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."
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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
has not, as far as we know, made any statement on voting reform for the House of Commons.
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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