Ongoing campaigns: Making our democracy fair and representative

9 February 2018

Our politicians go #HungryForDemocracy - 100 years since the first women won the right to vote in the UK and our electoral system means many votes still do not count - while the campaign to increase the diversity of MPs by lifting the ban on job-shares continues

 

Speaking in the New Statesman Amelia Womack told us why she went #HungryForDemocracy in a 24 hour fast:

"Our electoral system is built on the out-of-date first past the post system, which in 2015 saw almost three-quarters of votes cast wasted. Proportional representation would make every vote count, and ensure the representation of parties in Parliament would match the number of votes they get. Proportional representation is a feminist issue, too.

"Under a proportional representation system we would have more women MPs, global research has shown. Harvard found that in "plurality/majority systems" like Westminster, women made up one in ten parliamentarians on average, compared to one in five in proportional representation systems...In a first past the post system, parties tend to run an incumbent male MP again, research by LSE has found. This means the system is locked into looking like the previous Parliament."

Amelia in Parliament Square going #HungryFor Democracy. Former Leader Natalie Bennett also joined the fast with Makes Votes Matter.

Meanwhile, the campaign to increase the number of women, carers and disabled people in the House of Commons by allowing them to job-share continues. In September 2017, Greens Sarah Cope and Clare Lorraine Phipps were asked to contribute to a pamphlet aimed to encourage MPs to take up the policy. This follows their 2015 legal challenge when their nomination to stand as a job-share for the General Election was rejected.