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ERS: Expense polls show politicians must move on 'indefensible' system

The Electoral Reform Society has responded to polls by IPSOS MORI and COMRes published today.

With traditional parties haemorrhaging support, and voters ready to embrace proportional representation, the Society has called on politicians to drop their attachment to an outdated voting system.

Dr Ken Ritchie, Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society:

"All parties and all politicians share a collective responsibility for the failure of Westminster. And today we see the evidence.

"We see the public is primed for a debate on changing a system that has bred a generation of complacent, detached politicians. [1] It is wholly understandable that voters are prepared to believe that politicians put themselves and their party before constituents or country. [2]

"No one has raced to the defence of the system. They know what we know. You cannot defend the indefensible, simply because it has served the narrow interests of the political class for so long."

"So the people have once again taken the lead where the politicians have failed. It is imperative that government, and both sides of both Houses of Parliament make haste to deliver a referendum on electoral reform in time for the next General Election. [3]

Notes to editors

[1] Political Poll for The Independent 2 June 2009 http://www.comres.co.uk/page190891517.aspx

[2] Voters believe MPs corrupt - poll - BBC News Online http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8078159.stm

[3] The Electoral Reform Society is part of the Vote for a Change campaign calling for a referendum on the voting system at the next election. www.voteforachange.co.uk

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For more information contact the Electoral Reform Society on 020 7928 1622 or Ashley Dé 07968791684 or Dr Ken Ritchie on 07754 165551

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