Hundreds of Make Votes Matter supporters across the country today took part in a nationwide demonstration to highlight the ever growing concern about the UK’s First Past The Post voting system.

Campaigners held socially distanced protests with placards and banners to shine a light on the need for Proportional Representation in general elections. This included a huge banner across Westminster Bridge, off the pier at Worthing, and messages raked into the sand at Bournemouth beach.

Demanding equal votes for all, Make Votes Matter is a national, cross-party campaign advocating Proportional Representation (PR) for UK House of Commons elections.

Emma Knaggs, Grassroots Leader at Make Votes Matter, said:  “Our First Past the Post voting system means Parliament does not reflect how the UK voted. The government has a landslide majority of seats, but this is despite the Conservatives receiving less than 44 per cent of the votes.

“We need to change to a system of Proportional Representation so votes count equally, and so governments represent the diversity of people and views in our communities and society. It’s absolutely critical to people’s participation and faith in democracy.

“The response to our Make Votes Matter Day of Action campaign has been fantastic, with people overcoming the current Covid-19 restrictions safely by picking up placards and taking pictures at local landmarks across the UK. The interest in our campaign shows the growing appetite for change amongst the electorate.”

A petition calling for MPs to support Proportional Representation can be viewed here https://www.makevotesmatter.org.uk/sign-petition

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Notes to Editors

For further information about Make Votes Matter, visit the website www.makevotesmatter.org.uk or  contact team@makevotesmatter.org.uk.  

Votes are wasted if they either go to a losing candidate, or they go to a winning candidate as a surplus above what was needed to win in that particular constituency. In 2019, 71% of votes were wasted.

The Alternative Vote – on which the UK had a referendum in 2011 – is not a form of Proportional Representation and can be even more disproportional than First Past the Post.