Members back reform, but unions vote against
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Dear Friend,

Labour Party members have overwhelmingly backed a motion at Labour Conference calling on the party to commit to proportional representation, with 80% supporting adding the pledge to their next manifesto.

But, despite unprecedented support from constituency delegates, several unions and some large unions abstaining, the motion fell when some unions voted against.

Make no mistake, this is remarkable progress for the campaign. Just a few years ago it would have been near unimaginable for proportional representation to be the main topic of conversation at Labour Conference - talked about in the leader's office, trade union delegations and the bars and fringe meetings across Brighton.  

We always knew that some unions had policy in support of the status quo - which is why we have been working with trade unionists since 2018 through Politics for the ManyAs recently as May, ASLEF came on board to support reform.

Active trade unionists within Politics for the Many are already organising to make sure next time the Unions vote on mass with the membership.

Are you in a trade union? Now is the time to get involved and help change union policy to support reform. Sign up with Politics for the Many and see what you can do.

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Keir Starmer needs to live up to what he said in his leadership campaign and use his influence to win this debate. Support for proportional representation among Labour members is not going away. Next year, let's make sure the unions and leadership back them as well.

Best wishes,
Willie Sullivan,
Senior Director,
Electoral Reform Society

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