December’s general election has resulted in yet another wildly disproportional outcome with the Conservatives taking a huge majority with just 43.6 per cent of the vote. 

To illustrate how British voters have been denied a real choice over who represents them in Parliament, Make Votes Matter staged a fun and colourful stunt in central London on Saturday 14th December. 

Supporters of the cross-party campaign for Proportional Representation dressed in colourful T-shirts depicting party colours as they would have been represented under a proportional system. They then threw coloured powder at each other to demonstrate the mess the election result throws up under our antiquated and undemocratic system of First Past the Post.

“Today’s protest may have been a light-hearted way of showing how unfair our voting system is, but there is a serious point behind it,” said Make Votes Matter Co-Chief Executive Klina Jordan.

“The quirks of our outdated voting system mean that Parliament won’t accurately represent how people voted, which is desperately damaging to our democracy because the last time one party had a majority of support from the people was in 1931.

“If you want to put a stop to unfair votes and finally make votes matter, support the growing demand for Proportional Representation by signing our petition to #ChangeTheVotingSystem!”

In the run up to the general election, Make Votes Matter launched the petition to #ChangeTheVotingSystem which has already attracted more than 52,500 signatures. 

Klina Jordan added: “As MPs new and old are in London this week to take up their seats in the House of Commons, I implore our politicians to change the voting system. Millions of people face the prospect of being left out in the cold when it comes to being represented in Parliament; that’s because we need a proportional system where seats match votes, and all votes must count equally.”

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Notes to Editors

  • Photo credit from Saturday’s event: www.JosephCaseyPhotography.com

  • Visit Make Votes Matter’s YouTube channel for more videos from the day.

  • Make Votes Matter is the cross-party movement for Proportional Representation.

  • The Alternative Vote – on which the UK had a referendum in 2011 – is not a form of PR. On 29 October 2010, Parliament voted against offering voters any form of PR in that referendum.

  • Visit our map to find out MPs’ views on Proportional Representation

  • For interview requests or more images from the stunt please email team@makevotesmatter.org.uk