The adoption of a more proportional voting system enjoys great public support.
A BMG poll conducted in October 2015 showed that 51% of people are “unhappy with the current electoral system and want it to change” whilst only 28% are “happy with the current electoral system and want it to remain”.
When asked whether “the number of seats a party gets should broadly reflect its proportion of the votes cast” 57% of people agreed, whilst only 9% disagreed. Amongst Conservative voters 55% agreed and only 10% disagreed.
The notion that the public opted in 2011 to retain FPTP is a gross misrepresentation. They opted to reject the non-proportional Alternative Vote (AV) – which, humourously given our party’s opposition to it, would have resulted in our 2015 majority doubling from 12 to 24!
The public has never had a say on moving to proportional representation.