Kelner stunned by support

By Dominic Ponsford

Independent editor Simon Kelner said he has been astonished by the
reader response to his paper’s current campaign on electoral reform.

More than 20,000 readers have given their names to the Indy campaign
and the paper plans to present a petition to No. 10 early next month.

Kelner
said: “Electoral reform is something we’ve been interested in for some
time and I think this was thrown into sharp relief with the election
result when you’ve got a prime minister with a sizeable working
majority voted in by only one in five of the electorate.

It was clearly something that was in the air.

“We
did a front page on the subject just after the election showing people
what they voted for and what they got and I was astonished by the
reader response in terms of letters to the editor.”

He added: “This is a way of stimulating debate and maybe getting the two major parties to respond to it.”

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