Proportional Representatation

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

I am afraid that I do not agree with your views on PR, and fully support First Past the Post (FPTP). More often than not, FPTP has resulted 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. 

The British people were clear on this matter in 2011. While the referendum of that year was on the Alternative Vote (AV) system, it is clear that the verdict was not only against AV, 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.

On the principle of ensuring that all votes matter, this is exactly what is happening through the Boundary Review, which will equalise the size of constituencies. As it stands, some constituencies have twice as many electors as others, and this cannot be right.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

Craig Whittaker MP

August 2019