Read about Jonathan’s experience and work to develop a network of independent political candidates, founding of Ekklesia, a remarkably successful and respected self-sustaining independent, not-for-profit think-tank which “works to promote radical theological ideas in public life”, think-tank and his involvement from late 2010 through to May 2011 as a vice-chair for the Yes to Fairer Votes campaign for the voting reform referendum.
Jonathan Bartley is working to improve the voting system. He believes that:
“A move to AV is a small change that will make a big difference. It will keep what is best about our current system – the link between an MP serving their local constituency – but strengthens it by making MPs work harder to get elected and giving voters more of a say.
“This is because, with AV, MPs would now have to aim to get more than 50% of the vote, and so will have to work harder and represent more of their constituents.
“You can be an MP today with less than 1 in 3 voters on your side. Under FPTP, MPs don’t need the support of most voters; they can get by with the support of less than a third of the vote. Two thirds of MPs have the support of less than 50% of their constituents.
“By contrast, AV rewards politicians who can reach out to the widest range of voters. It will strengthen the constituency link by giving voters more of a say, and will make MPs across the country work harder to get and keep their jobs.”
Recently Jonathan was elected co-leader of the Green Party.