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 Jim Devine Jim Devine Labour, Livingston 2:30 pm, 28th October 2008

I was bowing to age, there, Mr. Speaker. May I assure my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Justice that many of us in our party in Scotland do not support STV? It is causing major problems with constituents. They do not know who their councillor is. Other constituents are playing councillors off against other councillors, and there is a detrimental effect on councillors' health. Instead of going to one community council meeting, they have to go to three or four, multiplied over a month.

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Bob Burnett
Posted on 29 Oct 2008 3:32 pm (Report this annotation)

Then you and your party should not have introduced an electoral system that has filled the Scottish Parliament with party hacks and otherwise unelectable stooges.

Anthony Tuffin
Posted on 31 Oct 2008 7:44 pm (Report this annotation)

Bob Burnett has confused two very different systems. The system that he says "has filled the Scottish Parliament with party hacks and otherwise unelectable stooges" is the Additional Member System which does indeed lead to the election of party hacks. Jim Devine was complaining unjustifiably about the Single Transferable Vote (STV), which has been introduced very successfully for Scottish local elections. Far from producing party hacks, it produces representatives directly answerable to the voters.

Bob Burnett
Posted on 20 Nov 2008 4:36 pm (Report this annotation)

Bob Burnett is not confused and would welcome a proper STV system.