Contact your MPs - Let's pile on the pressure to change our voting system!
Sep 22, 2015 — In 2015, many new MPs were elected and many more are currently re-evaluating our First Past the Post voting system. As supporters of voting reform, we need to find out whether our MPs support First Past the Post. Then we need to persuade them why they should support changing our voting system so it is fair and representative.
I am emailing to ask you to contact your MP to find out what he/she thinks about voting reform and to persuade them that it is something that their constituents care about.
You can find your MPs contact details here: https://www.writetothem.com
MPs have an obligation to reply to their constituents so we are hoping to find out the views of every MP in the country based on our emails. Once you receive a reply, please forward it to us so we can use the information to help with our campaigns. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a suggested template you can use to send to your MP but feel free to change it into your own words:
The 2015 general election was the most disproportionate in British history. First Past the Post is a system that has proved itself to be outdated and is no longer fit for British elections. Democracy in the UK has been around for hundreds of years, but it has never been static. Our democracy is constantly evolving and improving. Will you support reforming our voting system so it is up to scratch in our modern democracy?
Over 400,000 people have signed petitions calling for voting reform. A recent poll showed 74% of the electorate were in favour (http://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/press-release/three-quarters-want-more-proportional-voting-system-new-poll-shows). That is a majority of Conservative, Labour, UKIP and Liberal Democrat voters.
Our voting system is totally unrepresentative. UKIP and the Greens received five million votes between them, but only one seat each. The SNP have 95% seats in Scotland with just over half of the votes.
I hope that you will support the campaign for a proportional voting system by helping to raise this issue both within your party but also in Parliament.
Thank you for all of you help with our campaign, I hope to hear our elected representatives' views soon!
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