5 July 2018
GREAT YARMOUTH GREEN PARTY JOINS THE CALL TO “MAKE VOTES MATTER”
Great Yarmouth Green Party took part in a national day of action to demand Proportional Representation on Saturday 30 June. “Demand Democracy Day” - organised by campaign group Make Votes Matter - spanned more than 60 locations from Cornwall to Scotland and came just days before the start of “National Democracy Week”: the government’s “celebration” of British democracy.
Campaigners say the UK’s “undemocratic” First Past the Post voting system makes a mockery of the celebrations - and launched a petition calling on local MP [insert your local MP’s name] to support a move to Proportional Representation. A street stall where residents could sign the petition was held in the Market Place.
Local residents joined hundreds of people across the UK to call for an overhaul of the voting system on Saturday 30 June. Campaigners ran a street stall in Great Yarmouth where they launched a petition to Brandon Lewis MP calling for a form of Proportional Representation.
According to Make Votes Matter and the Green Party, the current voting system denies millions of people a voice in Parliament, forces millions more to vote tactically, and distorts the will of the British people. They point out that the Conservatives and DUP share a majority of seats in the House of Commons, despite receiving just 43% of the vote in 2017. Meanwhile, 3.5 million people voted for either the Green Party, Liberal Democrats or UKIP - parties that ended up sharing just 13 MPs between them.
Ken Petersen, a spokesperson for Great Yarmouth Green Party , said:
Fewer people seem to vote at each election under our current, outdated system: we need to make people feel more in touch with democracy or we will lose it.
Klina Jordan, Co-founder of Make Votes Matter added:
“Proportional Representation simply means that Parliament reflects how the people vote - if a party gets 20% of the votes, they win 20% of the seats. Most developed countries already take this for granted, but in the UK we’re still blighted by an antiquated system which completely distorts the will of the people. It’s time we caught up with the rest of the developed world by switching to a form of Proportional Representation.”
The event was held just days before the start of the inaugural “National Democracy Week” (2-8 July), which celebrates British democracy. Campaigners say British democracy will only be worth celebrating once we have a Parliament that reflects the people: Proportional Representation.
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