Christmas is the time of giving and Santa knows if we have been good or bad.

He also knows if our politicians have been good or bad. With this in mind, what gift would you ask Santa to deliver on 25th December to our northern Devon politicians? Perhaps Selaine Saxby might like a water quality testing kit? Maybe a ‘Bollox to Brexit’ passport cover for Geoffrey Cox? 

Compass Northern Devon are offering you the chance to decide. First we collect ideas. Then there'll be a poll. Then we'll personally deliver your choice of gifts to our esteemed parliamentary representatives. 

Step 1: Go to our Facebook page, look out for the posting announcing this competition, and write your ideas in the comments. Do this before 10th December. 
Step 2: Then, come back to our site and take part in the poll to select the most appropriate gift for each of them. Do this by 15th December. 

Then it's over to us. Assuming the gifts chosen are feasible and legal (!) we will purchase the gifts for a progressive Santa to deliver by 25th December. 

We look forward to hearing your ideas!

With best wishes

Working in Torridge and North Devon to build a fair voting system and society in the UK

Compass Northern Devon is a branch of the national Compass organisation which comprises members of the Liberal Democrats, Greens, Labour and non-aligned people who think we need to make some fundamental changes to how we do politics in the UK. We are not a political party, we are a part of a campaign to make political parties better and our politics more transparent and representative of society as a whole.

We think our voting system is broken. Governments are regularly elected, sometime with huge majorities, but with only a minority of the vote (for instance, in 2019, the Conservatives received only 43.6% of the vote but now govern with a majority of 80 seats).

In fact, for those of us who live in so called “safe seats” our votes don’t contribute to the final result. The outcome of general elections is decided in a small number of so called “marginal” or “swing” constituencies.

Because of our First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) voting system, many people's views are not represented in Parliament. Our political system is dominated by two large party machines which reduces choice and the representation of a huge a swathe of the population. People are often forced to vote tactically against the party they don’t like rather than for a party they do like. Let’s end the political postcode lottery.

Most other countries (including Scotland and Wales) use Proportional Representation for their parliaments which means that every vote counts.

We want to see Proportional Representation (PR) rather than our current First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) voting system which is unfair and unrepresentative.

We want to strengthen our democracy, to make it more open and transparent so that all voices are heard and nobody feels left out of the system.

We are working to get the parties to work together at the next election to return an MP who will support Proportional Representation and the introduction of a fair voting system in the next parliament.

Why not join us?

We need people like you – ordinary decent people who think we deserve a better politics and politicians who listen to their constituents, not just their party machine. Contact us or sign up today

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