Campaign for fairer voting system #fairvotesnow

Please see below a press release that Medway Greens sent out after the general election last week.

Today a broad coalition of representatives from the Green Party, Plaid Cymru, SNP and Ukip, presented a petition accessed here to 10 Downing Street organised by the Electoral Reform Society calling for a fairer voting system.

There are likely to be many additional petitions, including one by the Green Party here and by Change.org here

And another here from 38 degrees.

Please sign the petitions.

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Press release: Local Greens celebrate results but call for fairer voting system

Local Greens were delighted with their results in last week’s elections. In only their second general and local election campaign in Medway, the Green Party increased their share of the vote to double that of the previous elections. The Greens fielded thirteen candidates in the locals and one in all three of the parliamentary constituencies.  In Rochester and Strood, Green candidate, Clive Gregory, once again beat the Liberal Democrats into fifth place. Clive Gregory who is also Medway Green Party co-ordinator says:

“We would like to thank everybody who voted for the progressive movement that is Green politics. Such a large vote is very gratifying and we hope it is a reflection of all the work we have put into helping people and raising issues. We have

been connecting with ordinary people who are struggling against the way things happen in the Medway area and the terrible effects of the coalition policies on public services and vulnerable people. We have been trying to get the council to take notice of the genuine opinions of the people who disagree with what is being done, as well as the way things are done.”

The Medway Greens plan to build on their growing success over the coming years. Clive Gregory says:

“We beat the Lib Dems despite their determination to regain lost ground, suggesting that Greens are putting forward a serious and enduring message that has now become well and truly established in the Medway area.

“Membership of our local branch has more than tripled in the last six months, giving us a much strengthened party with enthusiastic members who are raring to go. We will be working even harder in the coming months and years to allow more of you to see what we are about, and why voting Green is the best decision you could make”.

Nationally the Green Party attracted over 1.1 million votes and yet have only one MP in parliament; the Conservatives achieved just over 11 million votes and have 320 times the number of MPs. Clive Gregory comments:

“Despite the enthusiasm and growth in our party, we are acutely aware that our work is made much harder by our broken electoral system. This does not just affect smaller parties, like our own, but means that millions of people are denied representation at Westminster, as well as being forced to put up with yet more devastation in the hands of a stronger Conservative Party, one that the majority didn’t vote for. Our future campaign will highlight what is both an injustice and a very visible lack of democracy at the top of our agenda, and call for a new voting system where everyone’s vote is represented”.

Mr Gregory concludes:
“We are greatly looking forward to getting back on the campaign trail in the coming months, raising local issues and highlighting the lack of democracy both locally and nationally”.

This was published in the Maidstone and Medway News here.

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