Some constituents have contacted me about Proportional Representation (PR) and Early Day Motion (EDM) 591.

I am afraid that I do not agree with PR, as I fully support First Past the Post (FPTP). This system is tried and tested, ensures stability and clear governance, and prevents disproportionate influence by minority parties with minimal public support, who typically end up holding the balance of power in PR systems.

The British people were clear on this matter when voting in the referendum back in 2011. While the EDM suggests that the referendum is not relevant, it is clear that the verdict was not only against the Alternative Vote system (a form of PR), but also in favour of FPTP. The system is well established and understood by voters, and also provides a very clear link between constituents and their representatives in Parliament - something which PR does not easily provide.

More often than not, FPTP results in a Government with a working majority in Parliament, making decisive government possible. It also allows the formation of a clear opposition that can provide an alternative to, and a check on, the Government of the day. I am therefore pleased that the Government has no plans to change the voting system for elections to the House of Commons.


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