Source: Labour List UK
11 organisations under the ‘Labour for a New Democracy’ banner have complained of “significant omissions” on electoral reform in a new Labour policy report and called on the party to recognise member support for a new voting system.
Labour’s national policy forum has released a document by the justice and home affairs commission following a consultation of members, affiliates and stakeholders on devolution and the constitution that took place earlier this year.
The report states that the consultation “received a number of submissions around electoral reform” and that a “citizen-led, deliberatively body” such as a constitutional convention would be best to consider the proposals.
The NPF commission suggests this would be an appropriate course of action due to the “variety of potential reforms” advocated by activists and the existence of “strongly-held opinions on all sides of the debate”.
But Open Labour, Compass, Politics for the Many, Make Votes Matter and others have expressed disappointment that the report “has so little say about electoral reform”, noting that it is one of the most popular policy areas among members.