William Hague - Help us win the AV referendum

Without your help, Britain's traditional voting system could be ditched for something that is unfair, expensive and allows candidates that finish third to win elections. On May 5th, there's a nationwide referendum on whether to replace the system of First Past the Post with the 'Alternative Vote' - or AV. The Liberal Democrats demanded this referendum as part of the Coalition agreement - but the Conservative Party are actively campaigning for a 'No' vote.

Here's why:

  • AV is unfair. With First Past the Post, everybody gets one vote. But under AV, supporters of extreme parties like the BNP would get their vote counted many times, while other people's vote would only be counted once.
  • AV doesn't work. Rather than the candidate with the most votes winning, the person who finishes third could be declared the winner.
  • AV is expensive. Calculating the results is a long, complicated process, which would cost the taxpayer millions.
  • No-one wants AV. Even the 'Yes' campaigners don't actually want AV - they see it as a convenient stepping stone to yet more changes to how we vote.



  1. Go to the No to AV website and sign up to receive emails
  2. Ask your local Conservative Association how you can help their campaign against AV
  3. Join the NO to AV group on Facebook or follow them on Twitter
  4. Forward this email on to 5 friends.

Together, we can win this referendum and save our voting system.

Thank you,

William Hague
Foreign Secretary

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