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    Rt. Hon. Caroline Lucas calls for Proportional Representation voting in the UK

    Election 2015: Greens' Caroline Lucas wins in Brighton - BBC News

    The Green Party's Caroline Lucas has held her seat in Brighton Pavilion with an increased share of the vote. Ms Lucas, who became the party's first MP in 2010, gained 22,871 votes, ahead of Labour's Purna Sen with 14,904. She said the election campaign was the "most successful" ever for the Greens. However, despite a record vote share of 3.8%, the party did not add to its one seat, missing out in key targets Bristol West and Norwich South. The swing of 10.1% to the Greens in Brighton Pavilion came largely at the expense of the Liberal Democrats, who were down 11% on 2010 with 1,525 votes, finishing fifth.

    The Conservatives were in third place and UKIP fourth. Following her win, Ms Lucas said the Greens had "made history" and had had the "most successful election campaign ever, with almost a million people voting Green". However, she added that the results had shown "the political system in this country is broken". "It's ever clearer tonight that the time for electoral reform is long overdue, and it's only proportional representation that will deliver a Parliament that is truly legitimate and better reflects the people it is meant to represent." Green Party membership has surged in recent months and the party had hoped it would translate into more parliamentary seats. Green Party leader Natalie Bennett finished third in the safe Labour sweat in Holborn and St Pancras.

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    Re: Rt. Hon. Caroline Lucas calls for Proportional Representation voting in the UK

    If proportionate as in same size districts, that makes sense. If by proportionate, she means that 3% of the vote by one party means they get 3% of the seats, then that wouldn't be right. Seems to me that would mean no direct election of MPs.

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    Re: Rt. Hon. Caroline Lucas calls for Proportional Representation voting in the UK

    Quote Originally Posted by Anomalism View Post
    Election 2015: Greens' Caroline Lucas wins in Brighton - BBC News

    The Green Party's Caroline Lucas has held her seat in Brighton Pavilion with an increased share of the vote. Ms Lucas, who became the party's first MP in 2010, gained 22,871 votes, ahead of Labour's Purna Sen with 14,904. She said the election campaign was the "most successful" ever for the Greens. However, despite a record vote share of 3.8%, the party did not add to its one seat, missing out in key targets Bristol West and Norwich South. The swing of 10.1% to the Greens in Brighton Pavilion came largely at the expense of the Liberal Democrats, who were down 11% on 2010 with 1,525 votes, finishing fifth.

    The Conservatives were in third place and UKIP fourth. Following her win, Ms Lucas said the Greens had "made history" and had had the "most successful election campaign ever, with almost a million people voting Green". However, she added that the results had shown "the political system in this country is broken". "It's ever clearer tonight that the time for electoral reform is long overdue, and it's only proportional representation that will deliver a Parliament that is truly legitimate and better reflects the people it is meant to represent." Green Party membership has surged in recent months and the party had hoped it would translate into more parliamentary seats. Green Party leader Natalie Bennett finished third in the safe Labour sweat in Holborn and St Pancras.
    Why would a national vote in which the proportion of that vote determines the number of seats be better than direct vote for each seat? I don't think a direct vote for each seat is any less legitimate than proportional allocation of seats. An argument can be made that it is more legitimate, as voters directly elect candidates.

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