Public invited for opinions on vote reform


5:38 pm - July 16th 2010

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The newly created Political and Constitutional Reform Committee decided at its first meeting this week to scrutinise the government’s proposals:

1. to hold a national referendum on using the alternative vote system at general elections, to reduce the size of the House of Commons, and to equalise the size of parliamentary constituencies, and

2. to establish fixed-term Parliaments of five years.

Labour MP Graham Allen, the committee chair, said

I would also like to hear from you about how we can involve the widest number of people in giving their views, not least via new media.

Government bills to implement these proposals are expected to begin their passage through Parliament later this month. Some information on the proposals were included in the Deputy Prime Minister’s statement to the House of Commons on 5 July.

The committee will hold its first public hearing on Thursday 22 July into the government’s proposal to hold a referendum on changing the way in which MPs are elected to the Alternative Vote (AV).

The session is also likely to touch on the government’s proposal to have fewer MPs representing more equal numbers of electors, and to have fixed-term parliaments of five years. The session will take place on, at 10.00 am, in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House.
The witnesses will be:
· Peter Facey, Unlock Democracy
· Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky
· Dr Martin Steven, Electoral Reform Society.

The committee will be holding a number of public hearings in July and September. Witnesses will be confirmed at a later date.

How to respond
Responses should be submitted as soon as possible, and by Friday 3rd September at the latest. Please send your views by email to pcrc@parliament.uk (doesn’t seem to work yet).

If you do not have access to email, you may send a paper copy of your response to:
Clerk of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee,
Committee Office,
First Floor,
7 Millbank,
London SW1P 3JA.

Each submission should:
* be no more than 3,000 words in length;
* begin with a short summary in bullet point form;
* have numbered paragraphs; and
* be in Word format or a rich text format with as little use of colour or logos as possible.

Written submissions will usually be treated as evidence to the Committee and may be published as part of a final report. If you object to your response being made public in a volume of evidence, please make this clear when it is submitted.

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Is the email address right? I sent them something and it bounced.

Did you moan about how AV isnt PR, again Jepps?

We know that. Just accept the fact that if we don’t just get on with winning this referendum, we’ll have thrown away any chance of any change.

Plus AV is a good stepping stone towards STV, although I suppose the Greens prefer AMS. Would you settle for AV+?

Feel free to call me Jim if you like. It might be the internet but you’re allowed to have manners if you want to.

The Greens would be more than happy with AV+ although where you get the idea that once we’d passed AV it would be a stepping stone to PR I don’t know – even Clegg said it wasn’t today.

Once we’ve had a referendum on changing the voting system no one is going to start campaigning to overturn the public’s decision. We’re not going to have more than one national referendum on electoral reform.

As to moaning… well, I want a proportional system and AV isn’t either proportional or particularly different from FPTP so I’m not sure why I should be obliged to care about it one way or the other.

One of the most important things to say in our responses is, surely, that we demand four-year parliaments, not five.

I have only 2 comments
If there is to be an alternative vote system at general elections this will produce another coalition like the ConDems this will lead to the old, the disabled and the other most vulnerable members of our society being dumped on the streets just like they are in America. I would suggest that anyone who wishes’s us to become the 51st state then they should go to live in America. I have no wish to live in any country where the poorest members of society have no medical or welfare state to fall back onto when it is needed.
After what I have read equalise the size of parliamentary constituencies will only produce a larger number of seats for the Tory’s that’s why they support it

The House of Lords Constitution Cttee is consulting on fixed-term parliaments and related issues ( http://www.parliament.uk/documents/lords-committees/constitution/FTP/CFEFTP150710.pdf ).

After what I have read equalise the size of parliamentary constituencies will only produce a larger number of seats for the Tory’s that’s why they support it

… and I’ve read that Labour don’t want it changed for the same reason. If true, neither are interested in fair votes, in democracy, just what is politically expedient.

I guess things haven’t changed much since the voter was treated as an afterthought in the Scottish elections 2007. Not good.


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