Electoral Reform

Many constituents have contacted me about electoral reform.

I agree that Parliament needs to be representative of communities and reflect their different views and concerns.  Although the 2011 Referendum on the introduction of the Alternative Vote was defeated by a margin of more than two to one, I do not think electoral reform should be off the agenda if there is public support for it.

Both electoral systems – ‘First Past the Post’ and PR – have their strengths and weaknesses, and I think we should have a combination of the two.

I favour a House of Commons elected on single member constituencies using the Alternative Vote (which I voted for in the referendum in 2011) and a wholly elected second chamber using proportional representation on a regional basis

I believe that it is vital that our politics connects and engages with the public and I am open to proposals that can help achieve this.

 

Hilary Benn
MP for Leeds Central

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