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Basingstoke political party hosting a vote discussion

PROPORTIONAL representation (PR) will be discussed at an open meeting organized by the Basingstoke branch of the Women’s Equality Party.

A speaker from Make Votes Matter – the cross-party campaign to bring public relations to the House of Commons – will address those attending the Saturday, October 15 meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Proteus Creation Space.

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PR is an electoral system in which parties get seats in proportion to the number of votes cast for them.

Proponents of this type of system argue that it reflects voters’ choices more accurately than other systems.

WE Basingstoke has already pushed for greater opportunities for civic and political engagement across the borough and encourages everyone to attend the meeting to learn more about our current voting system and public relations.

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Stacy Hart, who ran in the Hatch Warren and Beggarwood ward in the May 2022 local council elections, said: ‘We think it’s more important than ever to have a vote that counts now, in this time of crisis.

“One of the main reasons people are disenfranchised in politics is because they believe their vote is worthless and in many constituencies under first-past-the-post they are right.

“The only way to get the truly representative politicians we deserve is to fix the broken electoral system. It’s the change that allows us to make all the other changes we need.

She added: ‘This is a non-partisan and cross-party issue and as such WE Basingstoke has invited all local parties, borough councilors and all residents of Basingstoke to find out more, listen to our speaker talk about what proportional representation would mean for the UK and discuss these issues.

To reserve a free place at the meeting, book through Eventbrite, or find the link and details on the WE Basingstoke Facebook page: www.facebook.com/wepBasingstoke, or email Basingstoke@womensequality.org.uk.