Labour campaigners for voting reform under 40 only know its greatest campaigners, Mo Mowlam and Robin Cook, from history books or talking with their parents. Don’t knock that. Andy Burnham puts his conversion partly down to his dad, see his pitch for levelling up at www.chartist.org.uk. What made Mo and Robin so distinctive as politicians?…

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On Saturday 25th September the 2021 Labour Party Conference gets under way. 144 CLPs have submitted the Labour for a New Democracy (L4ND) motion – the greatest number on a single issue in Conference history. They will be composited on the Saturday with any other motions on Electoral Reform – we are confident that the…

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I am standing for election as a local councillor this year because I know that Labour needs to stand candidates and campaign to win in all elections whether at local level, for mayoral positions, police and crime commissioners and in general elections. We need to demonstrate that Labour in power whether controlling local authorities or…

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We have heard much about SNP squabbles and Salmond’s new Alba party. Party leaders debates have been held, the last one on Tuesday, see LCER’s Scottish Representative William Bain’s report of the first: http://progressonline.org.uk/anas-sarwar-hope-for-a-scottish-labour-recovery/. In Scotland, Labour may be saved from almost extinction, which practically happened under first past the post in GE2015 and GE2019, by…

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In a spring article for Labour List, John Spellar MP said that “voters in England don’t seem to share the enthusiasm for constitutional affairs of politicos and think tankers.” In a sense this is true: it doesn’t come up much on the ordinary doorstep, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. A new electoral system…

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We have in the rest of 2020 opportunities to work with other reform groupings.    Besides the South West trade union meeting on 19 November, on 17 November we have the annual meeting of the Make Votes Count which still functions as a cross party electoral reform intelligence meeting chaired by Jonathan Reynolds MP.    Chartist Magazine has just joined Labour for…

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Once upon a time, thirty years ago to be precise, also at Annual Conference, the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform won a victory which should be remembered and celebrated. We were 11 years into our wilderness.  We had just lost three general elections, unlike the present four.  Margaret Thatcher was still prime minister.  We were writing our next…

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The left-of-centre press in the UK has favoured proportional representation for the best part of a decade – the Independent, the Morning Star, Indy100 have all published articles supporting PR, while the Guardian has averaged one opinion piece every month on PR since the 2019 election. The Guardian’s latest editorial makes many powerful arguments in favour of…

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As the dust settles on December’s general election result, we look back at what went wrong and what we do going forward. The election yet again showed how our voting system benefits the Conservatives, who now have a majority of 80 with a minority of public support: they won 56% of seats in Parliament on 43%…

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