Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:56 pm on 6th September 2010.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Conservative, Harlow 8:56 pm, 6th September 2010

Although I understand the merits of first past the post, does my hon. Friend agree that the one flaw in it is that there are constituencies where no candidate gets a majority of the vote? What does he think of the French system, which retains first past the post but has a second run-off ballot for the top two a week later, making sure that in each constituency the winner has a majority of the vote?