Public will still back real voting reform, says Lucas

By staff writers
15 May 2011

Green Party leader Caroline Lucas has urged campaigners not to give up on radical voting reform, as inquests into the recent AV referendum defeat continue.

"The voting reform result should not be seen by the Government as a signal that voters will not support truly progressive change," Ms Lucas, the MP for Brighton Pavilion, said last week.

Commenting on the 5 May 2011 poll, where a decisive majority opposed a switch from the existing First Past the Post System to an Alternative Vote one for Westminster parliamentary elections, the Green leader declared: “This is a disappointing result for all of those who have campaigned for positive change in our democracy."

She continued: "The political context meant it was always going to be an uphill struggle; with the Tories united in opposition, a divided Labour party, and unpopular Liberal Democrats.

"In the end, the nature of the choice over AV was not clear enough, thanks in no small part to the alarmist rhetoric and misinformation which characterised the ‘No’ campaign. Many have been shocked at the degree to which ‘No’ campaigners patronised and misled the British public. Rarely did we hear positive arguments in favour of FPTP – just desperate arguments begging us to cling to the status quo.

"The battle for a genuinely fair and representative voting system continues – and the Greens will push for proportional representation at every opportunity,” declared Ms Lucas.

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