The UK has a proud history as the founding nation of modern representative democracy, but our democratic system is far from perfect. First-past-the post, the method by which we elect our politicians and councillors, is disenfranchising a large number of voters and unfairly cutting smaller parties out of politics.
I support the Electoral Reform Society’s calls for a more proportional voting system so that parliament and our local councils are more representative of the people and views of the electorate.
I am particularly concerned by the increasing public disengagement with politics, especially among young people. Those of us in mainstream politics need to acknowledge where it is the establishment that is at fault and do more to listen and to offer real change. I believe a critical first step is giving more young people the right to have a say in how our country is run and will fight to see votes for all 16 year olds in the UK by the end of the next parliament.