We, the Labour Party have a long and proud history of fighting for representation for the most marginalised within society, yet our support for the outdated First Past The Post system flies in the face of this. Labour are the only Social Democratic party in the world to support FPTP.
FPTP leaves voters disenfranchised and writes off entire safe seat communities whilst placing huge emphasis on a handful of marginals, this is bad for democracy, bad for ordinary people and leads to the kind of political distrust that sees voters looking to the charismatic hard right parties for change.
Labour need to be the party for democracy and the party who fix the whole rotten system by introducing Proportional Representation. Countries that use PR have better environmental controls, more diverse parliaments including better representation for women and minority groups. Studies have shown that PR is used voter satisfaction is higher even when the voters party of choice is in opposition.
FPTP favours the right, we see a disproportionate amount of right wing governance despite the fact that research consistently shows that support for the left side of politics is slightly higher than support for the right.
These are unprecedented times, Trump in power in the US, a global environmental crisis just around the corner, an uncertain political future with Europe, a rising anger and dissatisfaction bubbling in the UK which gives a voice to the far right. We need a Labour Party that can change the dissatisfaction, give greater environmental control and empower voters. The only way we can do this is to introduce Proportional Representation, it is the cornerstone of healing great divides and giving power back to the many.