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Let’s say Yes! to Fairer Votes

November 9, 2010

On Guy Fawkes Night, 5 November, we were six months away from the referendum that could change British politics forever.

The Yes! To Fairer Votes Campaign is mobilising all across the country.

Nick Perry, the Lib Dem parliamentary spokesperson for Hastings & Rye said,

“Whilst the Lib Dems are key allies of the Yes! Campaign, this is not a party political group. It is a movement for real change in British politics.

“We, each member of the Yes! Campaign, are fighting for a fairer system where everyone’s vote counts.

“In my view the Alternative Vote should be supported because it is an important staging post in the journey towards a proportional system. AV means that voters can list candidates in order of preference, and will get an MP sure to have over 50% of the vote. In a marginal constituency like ours that’s crucial.

“I have lobbied our MP as to whether she will be joining me in backing the Yes! Campaign.

“Now it’s time for Amber to decide whether she’s going to give the green light to real change, or dig her heels in to please her Tory bosses.”

You can join the 1066 YES To Fairer Votes Facebook Group here or visit the national campaign website here.

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2 Comments
  1. Hi Nick,

    Do you really feel that getting a YES vote for the referendum will really bring in any more constitutional reform further down the line?!

    I’m a supporter of PR, but no way do I realistically believe any government will give a referendum within our lifetime?!

    AV is a failed system, there’s a reason only three countries in the whole world use it. And not only that, is your memory so short that you forget Roy Jenkin’s thoughts on AV?

    AV could be even less proportional than PR!

    • nickperrylibdem permalink

      Thanks for your note Liam.

      I refer you to Andrew Rawnsley’s article in the (Sunday) Observer today.

      Retaining FPTP is not an option for anyone who is serious about Electoral Reform.

      Perhaps you just need to decide whether or not you are?!

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