"On the doorstep, many people express concern about the lack of policy difference between the two main political parties because they feel the current voting system encourages both to try and occupy the 'centre ground'.
The result is an increasing number of people who feel their views are not going to be represented whoever they vote for, which can result either in a protest vote or not voting at all.
In particular long-time Labour voters express disappointment that more 'socialist' values have been sacrificed for Labour to gain and maintain political power.
Where 'moderate' minority parties (that is, not the BNP) have a large enough following nationally, but where that is spread across the country, they should be able to represent that view at a national level. I think people should be able to vote for the party that actually represents their views and see that reflected in parliament. To get people voting again, they need to feel that their vote will count"
21 May 2009
Nancy Platts Labour PPC for Brighton Pavilion: Why I Support Electoral Reform.