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The time for Proportional Representation has come

This election result pulls back the curtain on the damage our broken voting system is doing to representation and engagement in politics. It’s time to reset our political system by ensuring that at the next election everyone has an equal voice, vote and stake in our politics. PR’s time has come.
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Election 2024: another step backwards for democracy

For some, 4th July was their first election. For others, just one election of many. People voted for different outcomes, with different priorities, but what united these disparate hopes as they went into the ballot box is that most of them would not count. Alberto Smith reflects on the general election.
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Election 2024: our least representative election ever

The moment Big Ben struck ten and the exit poll was announced, it was clear we were witnessing the beginning of one of the most seismic reverses in UK electoral history, and were about to come face-to-face with one of the most distorted parliaments in the history of modern democracy. Dylan Difford crunches the numbers.
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“I knew my voice would be heard.” How voting in New Zealand differs from the UK

New Zealand used to have First Past the Post like the UK, but switched to PR after a referendum in 1993. Kieran Rayner contrasts how PR in New Zealand helped him become politically engaged with the disempowering effect of FPTP in the UK.
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Election 2024 preview: a new low for representation

At the halfway point of this election campaign, we are beginning to get a reasonable idea of the likely results. Dylan Difford explores the potential scenarios, highlighting how and why this general election is set to be, in many respects, the least representative in the UK’s democratic history.
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A proportional continent: the European elections

The proportional principle is universally embedded in elections to the European Parliament. Although the details vary by member state, each national delegation already reflects how that country voted. Europe remains a proportional continent, just with a few unfortunate exceptions outside the European Parliament.
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Campaign updates

PR loves newsletters

PR Loves… women’s voices, collaboration, diverse representation, long-term planning and so much more! Hats off, and a heartfelt thank you, to everyone who participated in our recent 'Proportional Representation Loves...' Day of Action! It was wonderful to see such creativity and passion for PR.
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PR goes viral

The day after Belarus went to the polls in elections which LSE blogs has described as "nothing more than an illusion", we thought it was high time to remind everyone that Belarus is the UK's only partner in Europe in using First Past the Post for parliamentary elections. The message clearly struck a chord, going on to…
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Coalitions of chaos under FPTP

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.
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2024: elections, by-elections and hope

And we’re off - the starting gun has been fired on the biggest ever year of elections. Countries comprising more than half the world's population have already begun heading to the polls. In May, every voter in England & Wales will have the chance to vote. Plus of course, for all of us across the…
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Newsletter: November 2023

In this edition: taking on the system, Christmas reading and crowdfunder final stretch
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Newsletter: October 2023

In this edition: party conference season part 2, winter crowdfunder and another round of by-election betrayal
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