We have always fought for doing politics differently
Liberal Democrats have always fought for doing politics differently. We want to see a country where our representatives, at national and local level, truly represent the communities they serve.
Central to this belief is that every vote should count and that we replace our unfair First- Past-The-Post electoral system with a proportional voting system.
In 2015, the Conservatives ‘won’ the General Election on 37% of the vote, winning 50% of the seats and gaining 100% of the power.
A proportional system would give more power to the voters and ensure our elected representatives must work harder for the support of their constituents.
Liberal Democrats also believe that we should extend the vote to 16 and 17 year olds. It is only right that young people who will live with the decisions of each Government have a say in electing them. The success of under 18 voting in Scotland has shown that allowing young people to vote ensures they are more engaged in the future, improving our democracy.
Liberal Democrats are fully committed to reforming the House of Lords to ensure that it is democratically elected. There are now nearly 800 members of the House of Lords, none of whom are answerably to the electorate, and we do not think any politician should have a job for life. We do not believe that those who make decisions about our lives should be chosen through a combination of birth, patronage and cronyism.
Liberal Democrats believe that ensuring gender and diversity are properly reflected in our Parliament is fundamental. That is why we are introducing all women shortlists for key seats in the future and working to ensure that we increase the number of BME, disabled and LGBT representatives at both national and local level.