First past the post

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Why first past the post is the last thing we need in British politics | Letters
Letters: Sweeping electoral reform is vital to ensure the future of progresssive politics, says Peter Mendenall, Lyn A Dade, Neil Blackshaw and Jonathan Allum

11, May, 2023 @4:01 PM

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There is a way to oust the Tories, and stop them ever rising again. Why won’t we do it? | Neal Lawson
Compare the rightwing and progressive local election votes, and see why PR is more vital than ever, says Neal Lawson, director of the cross-party campaign organisation Compass

Neal Lawson

09, May, 2023 @9:00 AM

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There’s no point Labour winning unless it promises to dismantle our toxic electoral system | Neal Lawson
Britain’s first-past-the-post rulebook tilts politics to the right. But the opposition still refuses to back an alternative, says Neal Lawson of the cross-party campaign organisation Compass

Neal Lawson

02, Jan, 2023 @9:00 AM

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Cooking up solutions to cost of living crisis | Brief letters
Brief letters: Bonfire night | Peak problem | Double trouble | Extreme politics

02, Oct, 2022 @4:21 PM

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Truss is on an economic rampage with no mandate. So why is Starmer resisting electoral reform? | John Harris
The Labour leadership still thinks a rigged voting system can be used for progressive ends, says the Guardian columnist John Harris

John Harris

25, Sep, 2022 @10:46 AM

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Fairer contests, better outcomes: Labour stands to gain from electoral reform
A more proportional electoral system would make British democracy healthier and more responsive to progressive voters’ priorities

Robert Ford

24, Sep, 2022 @9:30 PM

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In the UK, even prime ministers who win elections have a dubious mandate | Letter
Letter: From 1945 onwards, no party winning a British general election has gained 50% of the vote, writes Mike Grainger


30, Aug, 2022 @5:34 PM

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Transferable votes in an election? Surely that’s crazy | Letter
Letters: Alan Rose contrasts the way the Conservatives decide on their leader with their insistence on first past the post when the country goes to the polls


14, Jul, 2022 @5:00 PM

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Proportional representation can save Britain from its multiple crises | Andy Burnham
Our rotten political system must change – inequality has been hard-wired into our country by first-past-the-post

Andy Burnham

25, Jun, 2022 @4:00 PM

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Without a voting shake-up, the right is safe in the UK | Letter
Letter: Britain’s rotten populist government is currently protected from an Australian-style ousting, warns Stephen Farrer


29, May, 2022 @4:28 PM

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Today's elections are the last before the Tories vandalise our democratic rights | Polly Toynbee
The elections bill will deter non-Tory supporters from voting and scrap any oversight. Reform is needed more than ever before, says Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee

Polly Toynbee

05, May, 2022 @8:06 AM

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Keir Starmer made a huge mistake in not backing PR | Neal Lawson
Without proportional representation Labour faces years in opposition. But a progressive alliance could topple the Tories, says Compass director Neal Lawson

Neal Lawson

30, Sep, 2021 @2:00 PM

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