Voting and Parliamentary Reform proposals

14 July 2010

The Political and Constitutional Reform committee seeks your views on voting and parliamentary reform proposals

The newly created Political and Constitutional Reform Committee decided at its first meeting this morning to scrutinise the government’s proposals:

  • to hold a national referendum on using the alternative vote system at general elections, to reduce the size of the House of Commons, and to equalise the size of parliamentary constituencies, and
  • to establish fixed-term Parliaments of five years.

The committee would welcome your views in writing on these proposals. The committee is keen to hear from the general public as well as from established voices and the offer is open to anyone in any country. Graham Allen MP, the committee chair, said

“I would also like to hear from you about how we can involve the widest number of people in giving their views, not least via new media.” 


Government bills to implement these proposals are expected to begin their passage through Parliament later this month. Some information on the proposals was included in the Deputy Prime Minister’s statement to the House of Commons on 5 July.

The committee will be holding a number of public hearings in July and September, including an opening session with the Deputy Prime Minister on 15 July. Other witnesses will be confirmed at a later date.

How to respond

Responses should be submitted as soon as possible, and by Friday 3rd September at the latest.

Please send your views by email to;

If you do not have access to email, you may send a paper copy of your response to the

  • Clerk of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee
    Committee Office
    First Floor
    7 Millbank
    London SW1P 3JA.

Each submission should: 

  • be no more than 3,000 words in length;
  • begin with a short summary in bullet point form;
  • have numbered paragraphs; and
  • be in Word format or a rich text format with as little use of colour or logos as possible.

Written submissions will usually be treated as evidence to the Committee and may be published as part of a final report. If you object to your response being made public in a volume of evidence, please make this clear when it is submitted.

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