Miliband: AV will reflect progressive majority

Labour leader Ed Miliband praised the values of the alternative vote system at the campaign event:

"For most of the last 80 years, there has been one Conservative party - and others competing with Labour for progressive votes.

"The results, over the years, speak for themselves. No wonder the Tories back the current system.

"They know Britain is not a fundamentally Conservative country. But with first past the post, they too often govern when progressive forces are divided.

"This Tory-led government and its current alliance of power with the Liberal Democrats does not change my belief that there is a progressive majority in this country.

''The tragedy for progressive politics in Britain has been that division on the centre and left has handed a united right victory after victory.

"Britain deserves an electoral system that fairly reflects voters' views.

"If there is a Conservative majority, they deserve the same right. But rule without a mandate, simply because the majority is divided, is unfair on voters."


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