Proportional Representatation

Thank you for contacting me about Proportional Representation (PR).

The Government does not agree with your views on PR, and fully supports First Past the Post (FPTP). This tried and tested system ensures stability and clear governance, preventing 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 in the 2011 referendum on the Alternative Vote system. The verdict was not only against the Alternative Vote system, but in favour of FPTP. The system is well established and understood by voters, and, because of the system of territorial constituencies, provides a very clear link between constituents and their representatives in Parliament.

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

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

Craig Whittaker MP

December 2018