Electoral Systems

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 28th October 2008.

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Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton Conservative, Macclesfield 2:30 pm, 28th October 2008

Does the Justice Secretary agree that any form of proportional representation will lead to no Government or to bad Government—and furthermore, that any list system will ensure that this place is stuffed full of supine party individuals, here only to do what their party tells them, that that will do this House no good, and that people will have less and less interest in politics and in how this House operates?

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Anthony Tuffin
Posted on 29 Oct 2008 2:51 pm (Report this annotation)

Mr Winterton is right that any list system will stuff the Commons with "supine party indivduals", but he should remember that the present First Past The Post system is a one-line list system and most MPs are elected as party individuals regardless of personal merit.

By contrast, the Single Transferable Vote (STV) allows and encourages voters to elect individuals (who are beholden to voters instead of party machines)and also provides proportionality.