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Reasons to vote Yes!
MPs have support of 50% of their constituency.
Ultimately, it will mean increased legitimacy, as MPs really will represent the majority of their constituency; which is good fundamental of democracy. In some cases, this will mean MPs have to work harder to gain votes.
AV is simple, tried and tested alternative.
For voters it’s as simple as chosing 1, 2, 3. It is used by millions in the UK in clubs and societies. When politicians elect their own (for example, the Commons speaker) they chose AV.
Reduces need for Tactical Voting.
AV helps to eliminate much of the need for tactical voting and squeeze messages - so people choices are better represented.
Allows the Face of British Politics to change
At a time when people are complaining that politicians are out of touch, AV allows real campaigners to stand alongside 'out-of-touch' politicians without fear of splitting the vote. Gary Elsby could have stood in Stoke, overlooked in preference for Tristam Hunt, without fear that he would be responsible for Labour losing the seat - so voters can choose.
Forcing a Real Conversation with the Electorate
The current electoral system means the election is effectively decided by 460,000 swing voters in a small number of constituencies (normally called the 'ruling minority'). All the major parties know this and spend millions of pounds on 'talking' to these voters. This means the rest of us get political niceties - fobbed off - as our vote doesn't matter. So in 2010, we had 6 weeks of the major parties discussing £6b of Govt efficiency savings, while they all knew they had to make massive cuts. AV will make the 2/3rds of seats marginal, so the parties can't target a very small number of voters and are forced to have a conversation with the electorate as whole.
Reduce Negative Campaigning
Where MPs need to reach out to as many voters as possible, there will be less incentive to create imaginary differences or campaign negatively.
A Modern Choice
FPTP assumes people chose one candidate and have equal contempt for all others. Real life decisions are rarely so black and white. AV allows voters to express themselves more honestly.
At the same time, it maintains the constituency link, it will continue to throw Governments out, and is proven to not lead to more coalitions.
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AV Debate- West Bromwich Town Hall Friday 15th April @ 7:30pm All are welcome at this debate about the Voting Reform Referendum, which has been organised by Tom Watson MP (Labour, West Bromwich East & supporter of Labour Yes) & … Continue reading
On Saturday 2nd April some of the region’s top authorities on voting reform will gather in Kings Heath, Birmingham, to present their perspectives to the community, and join in the conversation about the upcoming alternative vote referendum. This important event … Continue reading
Tuesday 22nd February at 7:30pm Hosted & organised by Warwick University’s “Just Vote” movement- a debate about the Alternative Vote. Featured Speakers- “Yes to AV” speakers John Strafford – Chairman of the Conservative Yes to AV campaign James Plaskitt – … Continue reading
News courtesy of ConservativeHome & also BBC News websites, that long-standing Conservative activist, writer & Chairman of the Conservative Yes to AV campaign, John Strafford has accused his own party’s hierarchy of deliberately trying to squash any debate within it’s … Continue reading
Here’s a Press Release-type write up of the debate on the 4th February. If you want to use this to write an article on the event, please feel free to do so: The Birmingham Yes to Fairer Votes group held … Continue reading
(Yep, it’s an excuse to use our “forthcoming attractions” graphic again!) Local Yes Campaign events this week: -Friday 4th February– Debate on Political Reform, including a focus on the AV Referendum Chaired by local journalist & Radio & TV presenter … Continue reading
The May Referendum and the Future of Political Reform A Question Time Style Debate on many different areas of Political Reform Friday 4th February 2011 at 7pm Free Entry Speakers include – Jack Dromey MP, Labour MP for Erdington. – … Continue reading