DEPUTY LIB DEM LEADER SIMON HUGHES VISITS CHEADLE AND SAYS “YES TO FAIRER VOTES”

April 13, 2011 2:20 PM

Last Friday 8th April Deputy Lib Dem Leader Simon Hughes MP joined local activists, councillors and Cheadle MP Mark Hunter at the Cheadle Liberal Democrats Office on Gillbent Road, Cheadle Hulme to campaign for a 'yes' vote in the forthcoming referendum on the UK voting system on May 5th.

After meeting local activists and campaigners, Simon spoke about the importance of a 'yes' vote on May 5th to change the current First Past the Post system to the fairer Alternative Vote system where candidates are ranked in order of preference and no candidate can win with less than 50% of votes cast.

Simon also stated that though this was a small change to the voting system, AV would make a big difference and help to clean up politics by eliminating so-called "safe seats".

Commenting, Mark said:

"I was delighted to welcome my friend and colleague to Cheadle to boost our local campaign for a 'yes' vote in the forthcoming AV referendum.

"Quite simply, the current First Past the Post system is no longer fit for purpose and needs to be changed. We need a system which will give all residents a stronger voice, see all MPs working harder, and tackle the jobs for life culture of some MPs which has done so much damage in recent years.

"I very much hope we will grasp this once in a lifetime opportunity to change the outdated First Past the Post system for good and I strongly urge local residents of all political persuasions to vote 'YES' on May 5th."

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