And why the No campaigners want your support

MAY 5 is an important date for everybody here in Hastings.

Whether we like it or not we are being asked to vote for a fundamental change to our voting system and our democracy.

A change, which I believe would result in elections being decided by, in the words of Winston Churchill, the “most worthless votes given for the most worthless candidates.”

Men and women fought to get to where we are today – a voting system based on the fundamental British belief of fairness; the principle that everybody in our country should get one vote, and cast it in the knowledge that every vote will be equal.

It is a principle which has been a cornerstone to our democracy and beacon to the rest of the world.

Indeed, it is used across the world by nearly two and a half billion people.

But a Yes vote on May 5 would end all of this.

Instead of your one vote being equal, we would have a system where other people’s votes could be counted more than your own.

Indeed, under AV supporters of extreme parties often get multiple votes, but supporters of mainstream parties only one.

We already have an existing system which is fair and equal; do we really want a political system where the candidate who comes third can end up first?

That is what you may get under AV – and this is why I am urging everybody in Hastings to vote NO on May 5.

Amber Rudd

MP for

Hastings and Rye