Below is a letter I have just sent to all MPs regarding the proposed changes to our electoral system and inviting them to join the all-party group which seeks to defend the First Past The Post voting system.
I would ask all ConHome readers who feel passionately about FPTP to contact their MP and urge them to join the group.
During the course of the last Parliament I set up the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Promotion of the First Past the Post electoral system. Together with my friend and Co-Chairman Labour MP Brian Donohue, we interacted with the previous government to campaign against abandoning our precious, tried and tested voting system. I am convinced that it is down to the good work of many Labour MPs in the previous Parliament, objecting to a full blown version of PR, which prevented Gordon Brown from pursing complete destruction of our voting system.
We now face the prospect of a referendum on the alternative voting system. This I must admit is the least worse option considering it allows you to continue representing a specific constituency, a link I believe we must always retain for direct accountability.
It is vital however that those of us who believe in the FPTP system should work together constructively on a cross Party basis, both in Parliament and across the country. For the sake of a well informed and fair referendum it is pivotal for us to be able to explain the great benefits of FPTP and its inherent fairness, which proponents of AV incorrectly denigrate.
With this in mind, I would very much like to invite you to join the reformed All Party Parliamentary group for Promotion of First Past the Post. This is to continue to ensure a collective and strong voice is heard in support of our current voting system, and that our legitimate concerns of the other systems are raised at every opportunity.
Please call or email my office in order to register with the group.
Thank you, and I look forward to working closely with you on this important cause.
Daniel Kawczynski MP
Shrewsbury & Atcham