The change we need

Democratic reform starts with PR for Westminster

PR for the UK Parliament

This is the fundamental change needed, changing our politics for the better and underpinning all the other changes needed (see below).

There are several contenders to replace First Past the Post, which are consistent with Make Votes Matter Good Systems Agreement.

The UK currently uses three systems for proportional representation: Single Transferable Vote (STV), List PR (LPR) and Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) or Additional Member System (AMS)

We have assessed each of these systems against major democratic criteria: proportionality, local links, and accountability. In addition, we have considered the implementability of each of these systems. 

We believe that STV scores best against these criteria and would be best implemented using stable constituencies based on local links: local authority boundaries are the obvious choice.

We provide summaries of the three systems in our brochure. In our PR Systems for the UK briefing, we assess each system in the context of UK implementation and suggest draft legislation to introduce them through parliament. You can download both documents below.

Local government

  • Extend STV to local elections in England and Wales

  • Devolve more power to local authorities

Other reforms to Parliament

  • Strengthen cross-party working through select committees and other collaborative mechanisms

  • Change the rules on party funding, including restricting donations to individuals and imposing a donation limit of £10,000

  • Regulate jobs available to parliamentarians at the end of their parliamentary career

House of Lords

  • Restrict political appointments including the abolition of PM's resignation honours

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