Reacting to news that the Government is to abandon proposals by the Boundary Commission to reduce the number of constituencies in the UK to 600, Joe Sousek, Co-Chief Executive of Make Votes Matter, said: “The Government may have abandoned plans to reduce the number of parliamentary constituencies but the constituency boundaries aren’t the issue. The issue is our First Past the Post (FPTP) voting system.

“It doesn’t matter how many MPs there are in the House of Commons, they simply cannot reflect the British voters while we use FPTP to elect our representatives. Regardless of which party you might support, a voting system which delivered a government with a huge majority on less than 44 per cent of the vote share at the last general election is just wrong. 

“Until we join the vast majority of developed democracies using some form of Proportional Representation, Parliament will remain unrepresentative of how people voted. It’s time British democracy joined the 21st century.”