Proportional Representation

Thank you for contacting me about the UK's voting system for general elections.
I was interested to read your views about reform of the voting system, including the possibility of some form of proportional representation.
However, I am afraid that I do not agree with your views on PR, and fully support 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 addressed this matter in the 2011 referendum by keeping the First Past the Post system for elections to the House of Commons. It is clear that 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 also 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 also 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.