This image appeared on the weekend from the Guardian which can be obtained from here and it took place before yesterday when the Labour Conference adopted Proportional Representation based on the information arising from the Radio. Clearly we don’t know what the current approach from Keir Starmer will be. However it is vital for the Labour Party and indeed the other political agencies to now stand up and endorse Proportional Representation. The Guardian piece suggests
Andy Burnham, the Greater Manchester mayor, and John McDonnell, the former shadow chancellor and ally of Jeremy Corbyn, are among those joining a growing campaign to replace it. However, the Labour leader said in an interview with the Observer there would be no deal – before or after the election – that would see him back a change. Asked if Labour’s manifesto would include pledges on electoral reform, he said: “No, it’s not a priority for me.”
So here are some reasons why we should have it adopted based on the data available from Sussex, Surrey and Kent which of course are not the only
In the 2019 General Election, 61% of the voters in Kent, 55% in Surrey and 51% in Sussex voted for the Conservative Party. In terms of the Conservative Party in 2019 they achieved 94.5% of the Kent MPs, 100% of the Surrey MPs and 81% of the Sussex MPs. If we go back to 2017 the Surrey support for Conservative was 59%, Kent was 57% and Sussex was 51%. The Surrey area had 100% Conservative in 2017, Kent had 94.5% and Sussex had 75%. So based on those proportions Sussex is much closer to the appropriate situation than either Surrey or Kent. However all three of our areas are very poorly represented. If we take the situation for the few areas where other MPs have been achieved in Canterbury there are more than 25,000 people who do not have a Conservative MP to represent them and in Brighton and Hove there are more than 42,000 people who do not have a Conservative MP so the proportional representation would benefit more than just the non Conservative people.
As I wrote about it yesterday there was a Early Day Motion that was formed back in 2016 by a Labour MP Chuka Umunna who is now a member of the Liberal Democrat Party. His EDM received a total of 70 more MPs who endorsed it. The opening element which involves 5 MPs included Caroline Lucas and a SNP, Liberal Democrat, Plaid Cymru and Social Democratic & Labour Party so a representative from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The other 65 people represented all of those parties and areas. The document is available here.