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Tuesday, May 10, 2005
  A visit to Downing Street
One of the issues that is clear from the General Election is that we need to change the electoral system as well as the procedures for casting votes. To highlight this issue I today sent a letter to Tony Blair.

The letter said:
I note that only 1 in 5 of British Citizens voted for your party in the General Election. Many of these voters were voting tactically. This clearly shows that you do not have a democratic mandate. Has the time not come for changing the electoral system for parliament to enable that governments have the positive support of citizens.

I also arranged for 5 people to show the effects of the current system.
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Only 61.3% of people voted. The figure in Germany was just over 79%. With Labour's vote at only just over 35% the percentage of the electorate voting Labour is 21.57%.

Out of 5 people, therefore, roughtly 2 didn't vote. One voted for Blair, one voted Conservative and One voted for Lib Dems (and others).

I also handed in the letter to Tony Blair.


Earlier in the day we had visited Downing Street to see what could be done now that the Country has to have heavy security and had breakfast on Whitehall.
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Today I managed to work out how to handle my post, dealt with all the urgent post, resolved my new parliamentary email address hemmingj@parliament.uk and sorted out the phones system. I also managed to appoint two members of staff and start the process of making contacts with the media. I have been up to the date with casework emails throughout.

I also find that I cannot use the parliamentary network system to get email from outside parliament, which is a bit silly, but I can live with it. They are so heavily bureaucratic in parliament that it is not surprising that the country is overloaded with bureaucracy.
 
Comments:
I strongly support your submission on electoral reform. Thank you.

Would you prefer us to contact you via comments in this blog, or using your new Parliament email address? I suspect the latter is easier.

I should like to discuss with you the need for a community centre in Acock's Green, and also the possibility that the Churchill Club could be a suitable venue for such a centre.
 
Excellent John. Readers may be interested to know that I have sent an open letter to the Prime Minister on this topic, with a pledge to reproduce his reply unedited. I'll be interested to see his response.
 
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