As an MP representing an inner London constituency, there is a great deal which concerns me about the way our democracy works including inequality because of regressive tax cuts, viability clauses to reduce affordable housing in new developments, removal of citizenship laws, over-policing of Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities and the new voter ID requirement.
None of these measures help us build a more equal, inclusive, or tolerant society. In fact, they are designed to exclude and weaken protections.
And we know that these are all possible because our voting system, far from encouraging stability, encourages polarisation – and itself ignores many millions of people in so-called ‘safe seats.’
I want every voice, and every vote, to count. That’s why the Labour Party must commit in its next manifesto to a proportional representation system and remove the current first past the post voting system.