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Why we need a Fair Deal for Political Reform

by Ian Shires on 16 February, 2024

A Fair Deal for Political Reform

  • Our political system is broken.
  • The voting system is unfair, and power is too centralised.

Conservative cronyism, rule-breaking and sleaze has eroded public trust in politics. From the contempt felt by many of Boris Johnson to the recklessness of Liz Truss, the Conservatives have taken the British public for granted, and nothing has changed under Rishi Sunak.

Our Fair Deal is about making politics work for everyone again by reforming politics to its core.

A pen marks an X on a voting card.

A fair voting system

First off, we need a new voting system. Our current system of voting, First Past the Post, leaves many people feeling powerless as their

votes don’t count. It also favours the two largest Parties and promotes the kind of division and discord so evident in society today.

We will:

✅ Introduce proportional representation for electing MPs

and local councillors in England to ensure fairer representation

and better accountability.

✅ Scrap the Conservatives’ voter ID scheme to stop millions

of people becoming disenfranchised.

✅ Give 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote.The Houses of Parliament

Restoring public trust in politics

Ministers should be held to the highest standards and our political system should be free from corruption and distortion by outside forces.

We will:

✅ Enshrine the Ministerial Code in legislation to hold

Government Ministers to account for corruption and sleaze.

✅ Take big money out of politics by capping donations to

political parties at £10,000 a year.

✅ Make it a national security priority to protect UK

democracy from any threats or interference.

Power to the people

As liberals, we believe in empowering individuals because people

know what works best for them. In turn, regions and local areas

know what is best for their residents so they should have a

greater say over their lives.

We will: Map of the UK

✅ Transfer greater powers away

from Westminster and Whitehall to the nations and regions of our Union.

✅ Introduce a written constitution for a federal United Kingdom, with a strong voice for England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. We will

ensure a strong union with Scotland by opposing both a second independence referendum and independence.

✅ Enhance the powers of local government in England within this new federal settlement.

That’s the fair deal for political reform that we are fighting for!

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