Letter: Vote for Jenkins
Tuesday 10 November 1998
However, Ken's dislike for Alternative Vote (AV) may have led him to ignore the top-ups of MPs in the AV-Plus system that would significantly correct the imbalances he dislikes, such as disproportionality and geographical polarisation, inherent in first-past-the-post (FPTP) or AV alone.
Unlike Ken, I do not believe that adoption of AV-Plus would cause the Labour Party to split. The fact that AV-Plus enables single parties to control the House of Commons, albeit without a landslide majority, encourages the party to stay together.
AV-Plus is in effect the only show in town. If we fail to change to the new system, we will not get another chance. I hope Ken, on reflection, will join the campaign for a much fairer voting system.
We must, as politicians, remember that we do not, and should not, live in a society where politicians do things for people, not with them. That is why we will have a referendum on whether to embrace change. It is for the people of this country, not the politicians, to have the final say and that is where the most important debate of all will take place.
RICHARD BURDEN MP
(Birmingham Northfield, Lab)
Chair, All-Party Group on Electoral Reform
House of Commons
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