Letter to George Eustace MP for Camborne Redruth and Hayle constituency

The letter below questions democratic legitimacy and demands PR. It was sent by a local constituent and succinctly sets out the predicament that we are in: that while a majority of voters voted for progressive parties, the majority of seats still went to the Conservatives. The image above is from Make Votes Matter

Dear Mr Eustice,

Congratulations on retaining your seat in last week’s election. I hope you are managing to settle back in to your routine! I have only recently moved back to Redruth, and have not had occasion to write to you before, but given the events of the last few days I hope you don’t mind me seeking your opinion on the following points as a matter of relative urgency.

Firstly, I’m sure it did not escape your notice that in the Camborne Redruth constituency your share of the vote was 23,001, while that of your opponents was 25,445. Given that all three of the opposing candidates were standing for parties espousing progressive policies, it appears to me that since the majority of the population of this constituency have expressed a preference for progressive policies, your mandate to represent us as a conservative politician lacks democratic legitimacy. Will you therefore agree with me that our current system of electing our representatives is not fit for purpose, and will you campaign for a more proportional form of representation?

Secondly, and following on from that first point, the progressive votes cast nationally in this election (by which I mean those cast for Labour, the Liberal Democrats, and the Green Party) totalled 15,772,128, whereas conservative votes (by which I mean those cast for the Conservative Party and UKIP) totalled 14,261,065. It therefore seems to me that Theresa May’s intention to remain as Prime Minister leading a minority Conservative government supported by the Democratic Unionist Party (which can in no sense be described as progressive) also lacks democratic legitimacy, as it does not reflect the popular vote. Is this not a matter of concern to you?

Thirdly, in seeking to work with the DUP in government, whether in a formal coalition or a confidence and supply arrangement, will Theresa May not be undermining her ability to remain neutral on matters of Northern Ireland’s politics, and will this not have implications for the security of the Good Friday Agreement? I appreciate you are only just getting back to work as an MP, but I would be grateful for your thoughts on these matters as soon as is possible.

Signed by a Camborne constituent

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