83% of members say Labor Party should support proportional representation – LabourList
A new poll shows 83% of Labor members believe the party should support the change of the UK electoral system towards proportional representation, up from 76% less than two years ago, List of work can exclusively reveal.
According to a poll of nearly 1,000 Labor members, conducted by YouGov for Labor for a New Democracy, only 10% say their party should not support a shift from a majority vote to some form of proportional representation (PR) .
The latest results show record levels of support within the Labor Party for the politics of electoral reform, which would change the way general elections are conducted in the UK, with public relations support strong for all ages, all gender and all regions.
It follows a previous YouGov survey, carried out in December 2019, just before the Tories won an 80-seat majority with 43% of the vote, which found that 76% of party members believed Labor should support the public relations.
By May 2021, more than a third of constituency Labor parties across the country – more than 225 local parties – had passed motions expressing support for the use of proportional representation in UK general elections.
But as local parties decide which issues to prioritize at the Labor conference in September, campaigners have warned electoral reform will only be debated in Brighton if dozens of CLPs send PR policy motions to the conference .
Labor MPs and pressure groups joined forces in September last year to launch ‘Labor for a New Democracy’. The campaign to build support for electoral reform within Labor has a model motion that members are to present to their local parties.
This motion clarifies that the exact type of proportional representation voting system that Labor would approve in its next manifesto and legislate when in government would be determined by an “open and inclusive process” called by the party.
Commenting on the new ballot, Caroline Osborne of Labor for a New Democracy said: âSupport for a proportional voting system is now overwhelming in the world. Labor Party – thanks to the brilliant work of activists on this issue.
“But we must not take for granted that this unprecedented demand counts for anything until it becomes party policy – and we can only make this change if members across the UK table our motion for a conference at their CLP. “
L4ND is supported by Labor Campaign for Electoral Reform, Make Votes Matter, Compass, Chartist Magazine, Electoral Reform Society, Unlock Democracy, Open Labor, Another Europe is Possible, Politics for the Many, Get PR Done and Labor for a European Future.
PR aims to ensure that the share of seats won by each party matches the level of support they get from voters. Its supporters point out that the UK is the only country in Europe to use first past the post for parliamentary elections, with the exception of Belarus, a dictatorship.
Wednesday evening, a Labor roundtable for a new democracy, chaired by List of work Editor-in-Chief Sienna Rodgers saw figures from all Labor factions discussing the need to debate and vote on public relations at the party conference.
âThis is not the time for public relations. The time for public relations was 100 years ago, âsaid shadow minister Alex Sobel. “We are well past the point where we should have changed and in fact our electoral system is cracking at the hinges because we have not changed it.”
According to a poll by YouGov earlier this year, 62% of Labor voters and 42% of the country’s general population support the UK by changing its electoral system to some form of proportional representation.
Keir Starmer, whose support is crucial to securing a PR commitment in the upcoming Labor manifesto, pledged during his leadership campaign to consult with party members on electoral reform and include it in a convention constitutional.
He said: âWe have to take into account the fact that millions of people vote in safe seats and they feel that their voice does not count. This must be resolved through electoral reform. We will never achieve full participation in our electoral system until we do so at all levels. “
Starmer went on to tell Labor members that, if elected to succeed Jeremy Corbyn at the helm, he would proceed with a “radical devolution of power”. Late last year, Starmer announced the launch of a UK-wide Constitutional Commission.
YouGov’s new poll was commissioned by Make Votes Matter. The total sample size was 989 adults. The fieldwork was carried out from June 22 to July 1, 2021. The survey was carried out online. Figures have been weighted and are representative of Labor Party members (aged 18 and over).
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