The Cinderford branch at its December meeting passed a motion in support of changing the voting system to proportional representation. The full text is below
This Branch Labour Party (BLP) welcomes the overwhelming support forProportional Representation (PR) amongst the Labour membershipdemonstrated at the 2021 Labour Party conference.
80% of CLP delegates & four affiliated trade unions voted in favour of aLabour Party manifesto commitment, at the next general election, tointroduce a proportional voting system for general elections; & an open &inclusive process to decide the specific voting system Labour will committo.It is further noted that Unite – the largest affiliate – has subsequentlyalso voted to support electoral reform at its October 2021 policyconference.
However, electoral reform has not yet won the support of all of the widerLabour movement, including some of the largest trade unions.
This BLP believes that:
As a democratic socialist party, Labour must commit to PR as an expressionof our values of equality, democracy, & fairness.
First Past the Post does long-term damage to the health of our democracy byforcing Labour to prioritise swing voters in marginal seats, to the neglectof the majority who live in ‘safe seats’.
First Past the Post gives the Tories an unfair advantage, allowing them togovern the UK for 2/3rds of the last seven decades without ever winning amajority of the popular vote. PR would level the playing field
This BLP resolves:
To call on the Leader, the National Executive Committee, & the NationalPolicy Forum to commit to introducing a proportional voting system underthe next Labour government.
To affiliate to the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform.
To call on trade unionists in this CLP, including the Trade Union LiaisonOfficer, to work with Labour for a New Democracy & Politics For the Manyto engage with the local trades council & branches of affiliated tradeunions about the benefits of PR to outcomes for workers, to offerspeakers for educational meetings or events, & to encourage branches tosubmit pro-PR motions to their union’s next policy-making conference.