Would Proportional Representation Fix a Broken System and Generate a Different Type of Politics?

Results under a proportional representation system

In 2011 a National Referendum was held on whether the UK should adopt the Alternative Vote system. It was decisively rejected by 67% of the 42% who participated. But given the political division of the last few years, should we start the debate about how proportional representation could fix vital challenges within our society and generate a different type of politics? 

The graph above shows how the current UK parliament would look after the 2019 election if proportional representation rather than first past the post voting system had been used.

  • Chair

    Jo Phillips

    An award-winning journalist and former Director of Communications in the corporate and not for profit sectors, Jo’s career spans politics, public affairs and media. She was Paddy Ashdown’s Press Secretary when he was Leader of the Liberal Democrats and has acted as professional lead for a range of organisations on strategic policy and communications, lobbying and stakeholder relations. She is a regular political commentator on national and international broadcast media

  • Panelist

    Tom Brake

    Director of Unlock Democracy. He joined the organisation after 22 years as a Member of Parliament, where he was active in pushing for democratic reform, including extending Freedom of Information (FOI) laws to private companies like Serco and Capita when they undertake work for the public sector, defending UK elections from foreign interference, and for votes at 16.

  • Panelist

    Piers Birmingham

    Founder and Chair of Politika. Frustrated with the lack of youth-led organisations to engage his peers with politics, he founded Politika in early 2018 at the age of 16 and has grown it into a team of over 50 young people across the country from all backgrounds and political leanings. In 2019, he worked for the Big Tent Ideas Festival and is currently studying Business and Management at the University of Exeter.


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Thursday 25th February 2021, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Feb 25, 2021 06:00 PM UK Time

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