Make Votes Matter is the national movement for Proportional Representation

Ask your candidates to make a pledge for PR

If you’re wondering how to find out whether your election candidates are fans of Proportional Representation (PR), then we’ve got it covered with our #PledgeForPR campaign.

You can use it to ask your local candidates – by email or Twitter – if they want to bring in a fair voting system, or if they want to keep our undemocratic First Past the Post system. 

And if you’re standing as a candidate and you want to see PR introduced, simply take the pledge using #PledgeForPR on Twitter, or by submitting a photo of you holding up your pledge to

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The more candidates who support or are open to Proportional Representation that get elected, the more chance we have of winning fair votes. So we’re using this election to find out where all the candidates stand on PR – and to pressure candidates to be more favourable towards electoral reform.

To find everyone’s position, we need your help by asking your candidates to #PledgeForPR!

We’ll be able to see when candidates take the #PledgeForPR, but we’ll also want to know when candidates don’t want to commit to fair votes. So please forward any replies you get to or tag @MakeVotesMatter on Twitter.

What else can I do?


Write a letter to your local paper. Think about why you want to get rid of First Past the Post and why you believe we need fair votes.

Go to a local hustings and ask questions about PR. There’s no better way to push your candidates to support electoral reform than in front of a crowd. Find a hustings and go along to one.

Send a press release to your regional newspapers. Share the situation in your local constituency. What effect does First Past the Post have on your community and how it is represented in Parliament?