Khalid Mahmood MP

Khalid Mahmood MP

The Member of Parliament for Birmingham Perry Barr.

 

 

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AV - Why i am voting NO - 11:14 am, Tue 6th Jul 2010

Quite frankly I am appalled that at a time when cuts of 40% in government departments are being discussed and the Building schools for the Future programme is being cancelled we are being asked to vote in a referendum to change our voting system, a system that has served us well since universal suffrage nearly a hundred years ago. The proposed change to Alternative Voting (AV) will do little  other than make our elections more complicated and costly. I want to present voters with a clear choice at election time not a messy compromise. The danger of AV is that it promotes candidates who are the least offensive rather than those who are interesting and radical. If we really want the House of Commons to be filled with bland members of parliament whose priorities are simply to be disliked by the least number of people then AV is the way to go. That is why I shall be voting NO in the referendum and why I will campaigning to try and get as many people a possible to do the same. The Av referendum is, I believe, a distraction from what we should be concentrating on. Not once during the election campaign did I meet a single voter who wanted to talk about changing our electoral system. Instead they were concerned with jobs, education, health and the economy these are the issues we should be discussing.

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