Electoral reform is needed now more than ever beforeWatch
However it wont happen anytime soon since FPTP lovers will just bang on about the AV referendum outcome.
Its a shame that one of the most proportional voting systems we have is actually being lost since we will no longer elect MEPs
Both the Conservatives and Labour need to split and this will only happen if doing so won't condemn the country to rule by the other. As long as FPTP exists, the UK's two main parties will continue their respective civil wars and political stability will remain a fantasy.
Things need drastic change now. We need new laws which will uphold the British Constitution. Laws which insist and enforce that NO government or group of people can EVER transfer the sovereignty or financial control of the country to an external entity without a public vote and doing so should be an act of treason with the harshest of punishments. We also need to ensure ALL UK laws and regulations that have been pushed aside and/or superseded by EU laws/regs are now rapidly re-instated. It is a travesty that our successive governments have so covertly allowed the EU to trample all over our basic rights and laws without out knowledge and consent.
They can not do that now as each party would cannibalise the left vote letting the Tories in. In seats where Labour should win the Labour vote would be split between the two left parties and since FPTP is winner takes all on every level the Tories could win it even though more people voted for a left wing/centre left party.
There is the option of a "pact" between the two parties where they work out which places the two parties are better equipped to stand to win and agree to not compete with each other in these seats. A "progressive coalition" if you will. That is probably unlikely though.
With PR both left parties could stand in the same places etc as it doesn't matter if the vote is split as the voting system is proportional. If their total votes outnumbered the Tory vote they could just come to a compromise and from a coalition in Parliament. Or given how right wing some in labour are... the centre left party could form deal with the Tories and drag them away from the right of that party. Both options are preferable than full on Tory rule if you are left wing.
Another factor is PR is better for smaller parties which stops the big ones getting complacent. See Podemos and Syrizia in Spain and Greece respectively. Although having said that UKIP have done very well in getting what they want in a FPTP system...
There's an easy way to find out: ask yourself whether you have seen any evidence, or heard any news, that the voting system has changed. If not then you can safely assume there has been no change.
EDIT: I just saw this http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...-a6853811.html