Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Next Surgery in Buckhurst Hill

Steven Neville will be meeting concerned residents on Saturday 20th November 2010 at 10am at St James United Reformed Church,
Palmerston Road, Buckhurst Hill
. Come to him with your concerns about the local area.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Alternative Vote Campaign Starts, But Where is the PR Option?

A Campaign for the Alternative Vote has started with a Public Meeting this Friday at 7.30pm at Theydon Bois Village Hall. “Lovely” you may think. What is at stake is keeping the current First Past the Post system or moving over to the Alternative Vote system, very similar to how Londoners elect their Mayor. You vote for favourite and then your second favourite candidate. After that they count your votes for your favourite party (1st preference), then they look to who came last amongst those votes and eliminate them. Then they look at all the people who voted the lowest placed candidate and see what their second choices were, and add them onto the remaining candidates. So a Tory might have 43%, Labour 21%, Lib Dem 20%, Green 8%, UKIP 7% and other 1%. So you remove Other, then UKIP and so on until one person gets over 50% of voters’ first and second choice votes. 

Lovely, but it did not have to be this way. On October 13th Dr Caroline Lucas MP tabled an Amendment with some Labour and Tory support to put a PR choice on the Ballot for the forthcoming Referendum and every Lib-Dem voted it down. 1 It is very sad that not one Lib-Dem feels they can support fare votes. While AV is a step in the right direction we all know PR will mean your first choices will all count!