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Welcome for Referendum Decision

July 18, 2010 11:46 AM

Liberal Democrats in Preston have welcomed a decision by the Coalition Government to let the people decide what sort of voting system should be used to elect Members of Parliament.

A Referendum will be held May 5th 2011 that will give people a choice between sticking with the existing system of changing to fair votes which better reflects the way people vote.

Mark Jewell, Parliamentary Spokesman for Preston said, "the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has promised that the people will get the chance next year to choose the system they want to elect their MP's.

"Many people feel the existing voting system has been completely discredited because it led eventually to the expenses scandal. It has given us a situation in which too many MPs have a safe seat for life. It has bred complacency and politics got too out of touch with the people.

"Changing the voting system to one based on fair votes will mean many seats for life will be abolished. It means far more votes will count and it will ensure that politicians of all parties will need to keep in touch with more than just their own party supporters.

"The fair votes system on offer is already used by Labour and the Conservatives to choose their candidates and elect their Leader. If it is good enough for those parties to use, it is good enough for the people to use to choose their MPs.

"I am looking forward to the referendum campaign and to working with people of other parties and of no party to secure a vote in favour of reform."

Related Links

  • http://www.fairervotes.org.uk/>Help in the campaign for fairer votes