Labour and electoral reform: rage against the machine

Labour’s high command is living in the past, and British progressives of every stripe will soon pay the price.

At its recent conference in Brighton, Labour narrowly rejected a motion calling for the party to back proportional representation.  

The party membership was overwhelming for PR, with 80 per cent of its representatives backing the resolution. But the leadership was staunchly against it, and relied on the unions to see it off. Many union machines are instinctively against; others are indifferent, and so were happy to win some brownie points with Keir Starmer by backing him. Under the intricacies of Labour voting rules, the resulting 95 per cent union vote against was – just – enough to defeat what would have been a huge political and cultural shift by a slim margin.  

Read the rest of the article in Prospect.


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