Tom Brake MP rose up against the outdated and unrepresentative First Past the Post (FPTP) voting system in favour of Proportional Representation in a recent debate in the House of Commons.
The Petitions Committee scheduled the debate after a petition called “To make votes matter, adopt proportional representation for UK General Elections” was submitted with over 100,000 signatures.
Tom Brake criticised the Tory Government’s feeble argument that the FPTP system provides strong and stable government. In the 2017 General Election, FPTP delivered a wobbly government propped up by a party from Northern Ireland with some extreme views.
The Lib Dems have been avid champions of proportional representation for many decades to end wasted votes and provide a balance of opinion in policy-making.
Tom Brake MP said:
"The First Past the Post voting system is archaic and allows a small minority to dictate to the majority.
"The Tory government continues to deny citizens a fair and equal voice because the current system favours them. For instance, in 2015 they secured a majority of the seats with only 37% of the vote.
"This is a gross injustice that can only be stopped by the implementation of Proportional Representation. This issue is not only vital to my constituency of Carshalton and Wallington, with over 150 residents signing the petition, but is a basic necessity for every citizen in the UK.
"I will continue to fight for a voting system where the majority prevails over an elitist minority.”
For a full transcript of the debate visit: https://hansard.parliament.uk/