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The recent election produced a majority for the Conservatives at Westminster, but once again it is a majority based on a relatively small proportion of the vote. In this case, just 38% of those voting supported the Conservatives. The issue is even starker when we consider that nearly four million people voted for UKIP yet it ended up with only one seat. Contrast this with the 56 seats won by the SNP on the basis of fewer than 1.5 million votes. It is argued by some that a system of proportion representation - in which the distribution of seats in parliament more accurately represents the level of support for each party in the country - should be introduced.
Proportion representation (PR) is quite simply a fairer system. It would mean that everyone's vote would really count and that all voters could feel truly represented. The Electoral Reform Society has stated that in an era of multiparty politics we have ended up with the least proportional result in our country's history. Not only that, but 'first past the post' does not even provide the stable government that its advocates claim, as is evident by the slim the slim Conservative majority.
The great strength of first past the post (FPTP) is the direct link between the constituency and the MP; something that no system of proportional representation could maintain. It is also the fairest as the most popular candidate in each constituency is elected. What the recent election shows is that while parties like UKIP and the Greens can attract a lot of disaffected voters, they have not yet been able to build strong bases of support in more than a handful of constituencies. Until they can do that, they should not be holding sway over the government of the country.
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