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