This week saw the launch of ‘PopCon’, yet another faction or splinter group within the Conservative Party.

When one of its figureheads – former Tory Prime Minister Liz Truss, no less – has previously characterised her successor as “profoundly unconservative”, it underscores the problem with the supposedly two-party system.

The two main parties – and all governments – are coalitions. But unlike under PR, voters in the UK are not the ones in control. We don’t get to determine the relative strength of the factions within the ‘big tent’ parties – that all happens behind the curtain, while the public gets shut out.

Factions like PopCon have no democratic accountability. Voters did not give them their power, nor can we remove it without damaging the whole ‘tent’. PR would change this.

For more on this theme, check out our latest blog.

Calling all PR supporters in Southport

Next Tuesday, 13th February, at 7:30pm, MVM Sefton and West Lancs will be meeting with the Labour PPC for Southport, Patrick Hurley, via Zoom to discuss his views on PR.

Please do consider joining, especially if you live in the constituency.

Shout out to local groups

As always, MVM supporters have been out and about in their communities generating support for change.

Local groups in Totnes and North Cumbria have taken PR to the streets of Newton Abbot and Penrith. MVM Bristol have been engaging with voters in the Kingswood constituency in the lead-up to next week’s by-election. Meanwhile, MVM Reading have delivered an astounding 8000 leaflets in their area – a colossal effort!

Not to mention, speaking of effort, MVM athletes taking part in several park runs around the country #KeepMovingforPR.

The list goes on. Thank you so very much to everyone who has taken time out of their day to support the cause of equal votes!

If you agree that our broken electoral system needs replacing, and you’d like to get involved with a local group near you, please get in touch at local@makevotesmatter.org.uk – we’ll be delighted to hear from you!

There’s still time to sign up for our general election campaign!

On Wednesday 7th February we kicked off our general election campaign – ‘PRDelivers’ – with special guest Femi Oluwole. If you missed the meeting and would like to see a recording, please click here.

And if you’d like to volunteer to deliver leaflets in one of our target swing seats, and haven’t already signed up, you can find all the details here.

We are always mindful that MVM’s work to make seats match votes is only made possible by the commitment of supporters and the generosity of donors. Thank you all for standing with us.