Assembly votes – for voting reform

03 June 2015

The London Assembly today called for the Mayor to support a debate on electoral reform - for elections to the House of Commons.

Darren Johnson AM, who proposed the motion, said:

“The Mayor was wrong to dismiss proportional systems out of hand, and need only look to the London Assembly to show that PR can work. In the recent General Election one in seven Londoners voted for a party that got no representation in our city. There’s a clear appetite for debating the system we use to elect politicians in London.”

The full motion text reads:

“This Assembly notes the recent General Election results in London and the ensuing debate about electoral reform. This Assembly believes that electoral reform for the House of Commons should be debated.

This Assembly notes the Mayor’s inaccurate statement on LBC on the 12th May that ‘we have had a referendum on PR’, and calls on him to support a full debate on electoral reform.”

 

Notes to editors:

The motion was agreed with 11 votes in favour and 5 against.

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Darren Johnson AM is available for interview. See contact details below.

As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

 

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