Introduce top up seats

The voting system used  to elect MPs is passed its due date and fails to deliver good government with majority support. Concentrating resources on marginal seats and swing voters has damaged Labour's appeal and encouraged us to take our core vote for granted. It damages our boundary review prospects. Labour should follow the TUC, examine the case for electoral reform, involve members in discussing the way our politics encourages a winner takes all, adversarial culture, monopolistic power without a mandate on 24 per cent of potential voters, and work towards a 2020 manifesto offering electoral reform based on single member constituencies but making votes count by a top up so seats broadly reflect votes cast. 

Mary Southcott, Parliamentary and Political Officer, Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform


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  • commented 2016-04-01 11:05:01 +0100
    No.. A ‘Top Up’ will undermine the independent operation of local CLP’s and MP’s as it would require a list system top allocate members to these seats and therefore who would be the local representative? The constituency MP or the list MP?. Also List systems are open to abuse and are controlled too centrally to be fully democratic. Either we have full PR or no PR, not some half way house that whilst removing only one of the negatives of FPTP, replaces it with all of the negative part of PR (lack of ability to represent locally in an effective manner),
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  • commented 2016-03-28 18:36:19 +0100
    I remember how happy I was with the European elections bringing a Labour representative to the South East. This systems retains the directly elected member for a defined area while ensuring that every vote cast is making a difference to the end result. I strongly prefer this concept to the additional member vote.
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