Make Votes Matter is the national movement for Proportional Representation

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UK cabinet ministers shortest serving in western democracies, report finds

Cabinet ministers appointed in the current parliament have on average served in one post for just eight months - a record low for comparable democracies in the same period, according to a new report. While the UK has long been home to a higher rate of ministerial turnover than most other advanced democracies, its progressively…
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Record year for crowdfunder donations shows rising tide of support for voting reform, campaigners say, as pressure mounts on Keir Starmer

2023 saw more money donated as part of Make Votes Matter crowdfunders than in any previous year, the campaign group for Proportional Representation (PR) has revealed. Make Votes Matter’s announcement comes as parliamentarians and campaigners have penned a joint letter to Keir Starmer urging him to commit to Proportional Representation for general elections.
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Proposed electoral system a step forward but can still be improved, democracy group tells Senedd Committee

Make Votes Matter was invited to give oral evidence to the Senedd Reform Bill Committee in Cardiff Bay regarding the Welsh government’s electoral reform proposals. Committee members heard that democracy is far more effective when it is more representative of the diverse views and experiences of the population.
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PR makes for better government; First Past the Post is corrupt, Tommy Sheppard MP tells SNP Conference fringe

Westminster is not working - not for Scotland or for the rest of the UK. This was the conclusion of a packed MVM fringe event at SNP Conference bringing together senior SNP figures at Westminster and prominent democracy campaigners. Speaking at the event, Tommy Sheppard MP described First Past the Post as “a corrupt system…[that]…
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The Tories are losing voters who think we need political reform, new poll finds

Appetite for political reform is overwhelming, with voters that have abandoned the Conservatives since 2019 much more strongly in favour of democratic reform than current Conservative voters, new polling conducted for Make Votes Matter has found.
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Oxfordshire voters want their votes to matter – MVM Oxon debate

On 13th April, around 80 people came together for an MVM Oxon-organised debate on PR. Speakers included Oxford West & Abingdon MP, Layla Moran, and MVM’s CEO, Klina Jordan.
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‘Politics isn’t working’: mass lobby of Parliament to call for voting system change

Proportional Representation is essential to repairing Britain’s broken politics, democracy campaigners said today on the eve of a mass lobby of Parliament: Sort The System.
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Activists told “change is coming” as hundreds descend on Westminster for mass lobby of Parliament

Hundreds of activists descended on Westminster today demanding MPs of all parties take action in support of Proportional Representation as part of a mass lobby of Parliament: Sort The System.
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New poll finds general public support changing the voting system, as only 1 in 5 say the UK political system is working well

Voters are disillusioned with the UK political system and open to reform, new polling conducted for Make Votes Matter has revealed. The survey showed that 48% of people think the political system is failing to deliver for the people, compared to only 20% that believe it is working well. This indictment comes amid growing calls…
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Get Set to Sort The System

On Tuesday 18th April, Make Votes Matter held an online rally to hear why Sort The System - The Lobby for Equal Votes - is going to be our biggest opportunity yet to make the case for Proportional Representation. Hear from senior politicians, democracy leaders and supporters about why mass lobbies like Sort The System…
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