The reason why proportional representation is valuable can be assessed here in Sussex very clearly. The first cases is based in the current experience of the last two General Elections. The Conservative Voters in Sussex have achieved 50.3% or 50.5% of the total votes, yet they received 75% of the MPs in 2017 and 81% of the MPs in 2019. In 2017 Labour achieved 30.5% and in 2019 they achieved 24.9% and yet on both occasions they only achieved 13% of the MPs. The Liberal Democrats voters achieved 11.2% in 2017 when they were able to obtain an MP for Eastbourne and in 2019 they achieved 16.7% of the total on that election yet they did not get any MPs. The Green Party is arguably the most balanced because they achieved 5.1% and 6.9% and their one MP represents 6% on both occasions. However one of the other elements of Proportional Representation is that if someone votes for a party, assuming that the vote achieves an MP, it means that they can liaise with the MP even if they are not as local as the current MPs. So this would mean if the Liberal Democrat voters achieved 2 or even 3 of the MPs in Sussex that they could liaise with the person nearest to their home, rather than being forced to accept a Conservative MP as their representative.
The opportunity for a petition currently on the theme of PR voting was written by William Tavernor who had his petition published on 12th of July and he has six months for this to potentially receive 10,000 or 100,000 people to endorse it. I have signed it and there are another 155 people so far. The current Sussex signatures are 1 in Lewes, 1 in Horsham, 1 in Eastbourne, 1 in Bexhill and Battle, 1 in Hove, 2 in Chichester and 3 in Brighton Pavilion. It would be fantastic if we could increase these numbers significantly over the next few days. Here is the text of the petition and this is where it can be obtained from. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/619684
Clearly there is a need for many other areas to adopt it as well as here in Sussex
Hold a referendum on changing the voting system to proportional representation
Hold a referendum on implementing proportional representation for General Elections. The current First Past The Post system is no longer fit for purpose, governments should be more accountable. A more balanced electoral system is needed to restore the integrity and accountability of Parliament.
Governments have run this country on party lines and have failed to uphold standards in public life. Major parties are able to use technology, the media and the current First Past The Post system to retain power and quash alternative opposition. The electorate needs Members in Parliament that represent them and their needs and wishes, to restore integrity and accountability. The only way to achieve this is a proportional representation electoral system.