Electoral Reform is a moral issue

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Commenting on moves from a Green and a Conservative MP to get proportional voting options on the May 2011 voting reform referendum ballot paper, Simon Barrow, co-director of the beliefs and values think-tank Ekklesia, said:

"Voting reform is not just a political issue. It is a moral one too. The move to include genuinely proportional options in the Electoral Reform Bill is a very important one.

"This is about whether ordinary people are given a genuine say in how Westminster operates, or whether the self-interest of career politicians is allowed to block change before it has been properly considered.

"If the choice is between AV and the current first-past-the-post lottery, a step towards wider reform is undoubtedly better than maintaining the status quo, especially from the viewpoint of millions of people whose votes do not presently count.

"But wider change is backed by an emerging cross-party coalition and by a huge range of civic and faith groups. It is about principle not partisanship."