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New group campaigns for fairer political representation in North Yorkshire

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A newly formed North Yorkshire campaign group is targeting change at the ballot box – to ensure every vote counts.

Make Votes Matter believes the current common local and national voting system in England is unfair. The first-past-the-post voting system means one party “takes all” and votes for other parties are disregarded. In Scotland, Wales, London and most nations around the world fair voting systems are used; proportional representation ensures that many parties have seats, proportionately to the number of votes they receive.

Louise Mauborgne, spokesperson for the North Yorkshire group of the national movement for proportional representation, said “First past the post means huge numbers of votes don’t count. 43% voted Conservative in 2019; what happened to the rest of the votes? Nothing.

“The unfair voting system means often people do not bother to vote because they think their vote will not mean anything. It can also lead to a lack of trust in authority and disengagement with national or local government. Votes are cast in protest or tactically rather than honestly for policies they really want.

Next North Yorkshire Unitary Authority elections in May 2023 will be a sham unless PR is adopted

Proposals for either one or two new council bodies to replace 7 district councils are under discussion. This presents an ideal opportunity to move to a more democratic, modern voting system, for example the PR system of Single Transferable Vote. Both proposals wish to be “accountable and energise local democracy.” PR is ideally suited to such aims whereas FPTP is not. North Yorkshire residents can complete the Government consultation survey and give their opinion here: https://consult.communities.gov.uk/governance-reform-and-democracy/northyorkshire/ .

Make Votes Matter welcomes new members from any party. The next meeting is on zoom on Thurs 22 April 7.00 – 8.30pm. Contact Louise Mauborgne at mvmnorthyorks@gmail.com for more details.

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