Ask union leaders to support proportional representation

Action now, not in five years

The system is broken. People waiting for NHS services like Sandra can't wait. Take action now, sign the letter to trade union leaders asking them to support proportional representation at Labour Party Conference.

In an emergency, people like Sandra face an average wait of over 5 hours in A&E and more than an hour for an ambulance. 1 in 10 people are currently waiting for treatment including for serious conditions like cancer. People are dying waiting for treatment or waiting for ambulances.

Our outdated voting system keeps the Tories in power with a minority of votes. You and the Labour Party have a chance now to make a change for Sandra.

Sandra can't wait

Sign the petition asking trade union leaders to make fairer proportional voting for UK elections a Labour Party policy.

Tell them Sandra can't wait.

This isn't about party rule change or scoring political points. This is about the people who are being failed right now. This is about electing a government that actually matches what people vote for, and one that helps people in need. This is about people, not politics.

Sandra can't wait another five years for the election after next.

Why must change happen now?

Without a change of government, it could be too late to save our NHS after another five years. If the share of seats matched the share of votes they received, the Conservatives would have only won 2 of the last 21 elections. Even Margaret Thatcher would have failed to secure a majority.

A better voting system means Labour is likely to be in government more often and in a position to help people like Hassan. 80% of Labour members back a fairer voting system as does Britain’s largest trade union. Labour Party policy must now change to support a fairer voting system.

Why sign the letter to trade union leaders?

Labour's members voted overwhelmingly for fairer, proportional votes to be official Labour Party policy at last year's party conference, but some trade unions voted against the proposal and it didn't get passed. Since then, some of the Labour-affiliated unikns have already come out in support of PR. But some haven't yet. The General Secretaries of these unions have powerful voices within the Labour Party and could hold the key to making sure PR gets another vote and to persuade people to vote to support it.

The Labour-affiliated trade unions are ASLEF, Community, CWU, Fire Brigades Union, GMB, Musicians Union, NUM, TSSA, UNISON, Unite and USDAW.

What is Proportional Representation?

Proportional Representation is a fairer system of voting during elections where the number of parliamentary seats each party wins aligns closely with the number of votes that party receives. It allows voters to rank candidates by preference, meaning that you can always vote for who you want without fear of your vote being ‘wasted’. It also makes electoral pacts between parties unnecessary. This system is used in almost every healthy democracy around the world.

The Letter: Dear General Secretaries,

(of Labour Party affiliated unions - ASLEF, Community, CWU, Fire Brigades Union, GMB, Musicians Union, NUM, TSSA, UNISON, Unite, USDAW)

The last twelve years of Conservative government have been catastrophic for our economy and public services.

While more and more people are being pushed into poverty and millions are struggling with a cost of living crisis, the Conservative Government has wasted an estimated £64billion of public money while awarding lucrative public contracts to Tory party insiders. They have personally broken the law themselves.

But our outdated voting system keeps the Conservative Party in power with a minority of votes. Right-wing parties worked together to win the last two elections and in 2019, they got 56% of the seats with around 40% of the vote. If the share of seats matched the share of votes they received, the Conservatives would have only won 2 of the last 21 elections. Even Margaret Thatcher would have failed to secure a majority.

The Conservatives know that they can’t win under a better system. That’s why this year they rolled back fairer voting for local elections in England. A better voting system means Labour is likely to be in government more often.

80% of Labour members back a fairer voting system as does Britain’s largest trade union.

Please give your support to Proportional Representation at this year’s Labour Party Conference in Liverpool.

Yours Faithfully,

Your Signature

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The Letter: Dear General Secretaries,

(of Labour Party affiliated unions - ASLEF, Community, CWU, Fire Brigades Union, GMB, Musicians Union, NUM, TSSA, UNISON, Unite, USDAW)

The last twelve years of Conservative government have been catastrophic for our economy and public services.

While more and more people are being pushed into poverty and millions are struggling with a cost of living crisis, the Conservative Government has wasted an estimated £64billion of public money while awarding lucrative public contracts to Tory party insiders. They have personally broken the law themselves.

But our outdated voting system keeps the Conservative Party in power with a minority of votes. Right-wing parties worked together to win the last two elections and in 2019, they got 56% of the seats with around 40% of the vote. If the share of seats matched the share of votes they received, the Conservatives would have only won 2 of the last 21 elections. Even Margaret Thatcher would have failed to secure a majority.

The Conservatives know that they can’t win under a better system. That’s why this year they rolled back fairer voting for local elections in England. A better voting system means Labour is likely to be in government more often.

80% of Labour members back a fairer voting system as does Britain’s largest trade union.

Please give your support to Proportional Representation at this year’s Labour Party Conference in Liverpool.

Yours Faithfully,

Your Signature

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