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STV and the Tories Feb. 8th, 2006 11:53 am

Dear Friend

As you may have seen in the news, the Conservative Party has recently launched a Democracy Taskforce, under the leadership of Kenneth Clarke MP. This group is charged with looking at the way in which the UK is governed and making recommendations to strengthen democracy.

The primary focus of the work appears to be the role of Parliament and the Royal Prerogative. On matters of more concern to the Society, there is very little with only a brief mention of the need to equalise the size of constituencies (which is a bit of a red herring in terms of correcting the bias of First-Past-the-Post) and to address the 'West Lothian Question'.

We believe that the Conservative Party should also be re-examining their traditional opposition to reforming the voting system.

At a time when there is a wholesale re-examination of policy, we think that it is important that this should include a review of the partyâ™s electoral reform policy. We are therefore encouraging Mr Clarke and his group to look at the case for voting reform. The Society has already sent in its report explaining why it is that simply changing electoral boundaries will not be enough to make the system fair for the Conservative Party. We are offering to provide more information on other aspects of reform and will certainly be making the case for STV. I know that our friends in CAER (Conservative Action for Electoral Reform) will also be working hard.

But we also need the help of you, our members and supporters.

Whether or not you are a member of the Conservative Party (or even voted for them), the Party is asking for the views of the public in this review. We would like to ask you to make the case for proper electoral reform and STV to Mr Clarke and his review team. They are asking for online submissions via the following web page:


Please visit it today and make the case for STV.

With best wishes


Alex Folkes
Press and Campaigns Officer
Electoral Reform Society


6 Chancel Street

From: sashajwolf
Date: February 8th, 2006 - 01:01 pm (Link)
Have commented (but suggesting that both Condorcet and STV be examined as possibilities, since Condorcet is my personal preference.)
From: hairyears
Date: February 8th, 2006 - 02:45 pm (Link)
STD and the Tories

I should pay attention every now and again.
From: wechsler
Date: February 8th, 2006 - 02:49 pm (Link)
It's probably funnier if you don't