HUNTER HAILS VOTING REFORM STEP FORWARD

September 7, 2010 11:05 AM
HUNTER HAILS VOTING REFORM STEP FORWARD

HUNTER HAILS VOTING REFORM STEP FORWARD

Local MP Mark Hunter has expressed his delight that the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill has been passed at Second Reading stage in the House of Commons.

On Monday 6th September, the House of Commons began to debate the Coalition Government's proposals to give people a chance to reform the voting system, and to establish more numerically equal our parliamentary constituencies.

Speaking after the vote in the House of Commons, Mark said:

"There are real concerns about the unfairness of the current voting system and regardless of whether or not you are for or against changing it the decision is certainly not for government alone - it should be taken by the people themselves.

"This is exactly why the Coalition Government support putting this question to a referendum next May, just one example of the power shift we are determined to deliver.

"Creating a fairer voting system also means the chance to tackle the unfairness in the size of MPs' constituencies by making sure votes count equally wherever they are cast - and we are also seeking to cut the number of MPs to 600.

"This won't just cut the cost of politics. A smaller, hard working House of Commons, is part of redistributing power away from the centre to local people. This is precisely the sort of modernisation our Parliament needs - and Labour MPs know it despite their bluster in the Chamber.

"Yet tonight, Labour MPs have trooped through division lobbies voting against a referendum on voting reform - a referendum they promised in their manifesto just four months ago.

"I genuinely believe our electoral system is no longer fit for purpose, and that's why I and many others will be enthusiastically supporting the fairer votes referendum next May."

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