Tom Brake speaks out for Fairer Votes

April 18, 2011 11:46 AM

This week local MP Tom Brake spoke out in support of the Fairer Votes Campaign, urging local residents to vote 'Yes' on 5th May. The upcoming referendum will, for the first time, give all the British people a say over the election of their MPs.

He said: "Many MPs have seats for life and millions of votes are ignored. Most of the population have an MP that they didn't vote for."

The AV system allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference and requires every MP to have the support of at least half of their constituents. It is a small change that will make a big difference to politics and give voters a stronger voice.

At the last election Carshalton and Wallington saw an above-average turnout of 69%, but in many cases across the country safe seats usually see very low turnouts because voters don't believe that their vote matters.

Tom continued: "AV will make our system fairer. MPs will have to work harder to get elected by reaching out to gain the trust of more of their constituents, not just their core supporters."

Tim Farron, Chair of the Lib Dem 'Yes' Campaign added: "For too long our system has ignored large sections of the population. We need to seize the chance to change the way we do politics. If we don't, the opportunity for reform would be lost for a generation."

For more information about the referendum and the Fairer Votes Campaign visit www.yestofairervotes.org.

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