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Knee-jerk reaction on seeing this was: “SNP on the same platform as Labour and Conservatives? How can they live with themselves? How long before we see campaigns against the ‘Tartan Tories’ (oh wait, that one’s already in use, isn’t it?) who turned out to have common cause with the Westminster parties?”

Oh, it’s different, is it? Sure it is.

So the SNP’s participation in this campaign highlights the hypocrisy of attacking Labour for campaigning in tandem with the Conservatives against Scottish independence. We can all agree on that and put it to one side because it really is a side-issue.

The main thrust of this campaign is important. It really is a scandal that a party with 3.8 million votes sent just one MP to Parliament, while one with just 1.5 million votes gained 56 seats.

This Writer doesn’t support either UKIP or the SNP – but I am a big fan of fairness.

MPs and activists will seek to jump-start the campaign for proportional representation with a conference in London on Monday intended to mobilise support for electoral reform.

Speakers from seven parties will address the event, which will highlight polling evidence apparently showing support for PR at an all-time high.

Campaigners believe the 2015 general election result, which saw UKIP get just one MP despite getting 3.8m votes, while the SNP secured 56 seats with just 1.5m votes, has made the case for voting reform stronger than ever. But they face an uphill struggle in light of the alternative vote referendum result in 2011, which was a big setback for the cause of electoral reform.

Five parties are formally committed to some form of PR: the Liberal Democrats, Ukip, the SNP, the Greens and Plaid Cymru.

Source: MPs from seven parties unite to begin electoral reform campaign | Politics | The Guardian

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