Is the Alternative Vote worth voting for?
A UCL debate on the AV referendum
This event was held on 11 April 2011 at the UCL Bloomsbury Theatre.
- See the video of the full debate
- Robert Hazell on why he believes the AV referendum will be lost
- Read an account of the debate in the Guardian politics blog
- Read the Constitution Unit's blog of the event
The UK faces its first referendum for over 30 years and has an unprecedented opportunity to change the voting system and reshape the future political landscape. The referendum also raises profound questions about electoral reform in the UK.
This debate will provide an opportunity to discuss the arguments underpinning electoral reform and the AV system and to hear speakers from both sides of the argument, as well as insights from an expert panel.
Have your say: questions from the audience will be a key feature of this event.
Speaking in favour of a Yes vote
- Billy Bragg, singer and political campaigner
- Katie Ghose, Chair, Yes to Fairer Votes
Speaking in favour of a No vote
- Jane Kennedy, National Organiser, Labour No to AV
- Charlotte Vere, National Organiser and Finance Director, No to AV
- Professor Justin Fisher, Magna Carta Institute, Brunel University
- Peter Kellner, YouGov
- Dr Alan Renwick, University of Reading
- Professor Tony Wright, UCL Constitution Unit and Birkbeck Department of Politics
Chaired by Professor Robert Hazell, Director, UCL Constitution Unit