Liberal Democrats for Electoral Reform have had a busy weekend at the party conference in York. We had lots of visitors calling by at our stall, including Party President Sal Brinton. We were also pleased to support and attend the Electoral Reform Society’s panel discussion on Citizens’ Assemblies. A very enjoyable weekend spent furthering the cause of fairer, more representative politics!
This December, the cross-party movement for PR will descend on Parliament for a mass lobby, organised by Make Votes Matter and co-hosted by MPs from five political parties, including of course the Liberal Democrats.
Disgust at the way our electoral system distorts and damages our politics, from the terrible Brexit mess to the spectacle of the DUP — with its total of 300,000 votes — calling the shots in Government, is growing. Even the Labour Party – the traditional stumbling block for electoral reform – is coming under pressure from its own membership to back reform.
It’s a battle we can best win by taking joint action alongside supporters of all parties who want an equal, proportional system where the power and choice of the individual voter is enhanced.
We invite you to take action to help make PR a reality. Click on the link below for details and to register and confirm your attendance.
LDER had a very successful and enjoyable Spring Conference in Southport. At our stall, we ran a consultation on Lords Reform, finding a wide range of views amongst party members and sparking lots of interesting conversations.
We also helped to support a fringe event run by Your Liberal Britain entitled ‘Why should anyone care about electoral reform?’ Liberal Democrats certainly do care, as was clear from the packed room full of people wanting to help identify successful messages which might convey the importance of the issue to voters.
Groups worked together to think about persuasive messages targeted towards different types of people, such as:
Do you want one party in perpetual control?
Steady the political ship.
Gets you representatives who love what you love.
You vote should count like everyone else’s.
We’ll now be working through the workshop outcomes in detail, to think about how and where the messages identified can best be deployed.
The event will feature a range of speakers from campaign organisations and political parties, and will be family-friendly. Please go along to show your support – we need to keep making a noise about this until parliament reflects what voters actually think!