It’s Bloody Complicated: The Unions and the Commons: the Trade Union campaign for PR w/ Lynn Henderson and Nancy Platts


It was a watershed moment in October 2022 when the Labour Party conference overwhelmingly voted to include in its manifesto a commitment to change the voting system to proportional representation after the next election. Just the year before, despite mass support in the membership, the motion failed because the affiliated Trade Unions opposed the motion.

To discuss this historic shift, what the changing the voting systems means to the trade union movement, and where next, we’re excited to be joined by Lynn Henderson and Nancy Platts.

  • Lynn is the chair of the Electoral Reform Society and also chairs Politics for the Many – the trade union campaign for electoral reform.  In her day job she is a senior national officer at the Public and Commercial Services Union, the UK’s largest trade union for government workers.  She is also a Trustee of the  Jimmy Reid Foundation, a think tank for radical political thinking, based in Scotland.
  • Nancy Platts is a Consultant at Campaign Collective – a social enterprise which works with not-for-profits and other campaigners, providing high quality marketing, communications advice and PR support, and is the co-ordinator of Politics for the Many.

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