Representation of the People (Proportional Representation) Bill

Thank you for contacting me about the UK’s voting system and the Ten Minute Rule Motion on Wednesday 2 December.

I am afraid that I do not agree with your assessment of First-Past-The-Post (FPTP).  The British electorate overwhelmingly voted to retain FPTP in 2011 and I strongly believe this was the right decision.  In my view, FPTP is decisive; giving voters the chance to vote (kick) out Members of Parliament they are fed up with.  It is also simple and clear: the candidate who gets the most votes wins.  This means it is cheap to administer and comes with little bureaucracy.

Our current electoral system is one of the UK’s biggest exports, used by half the voters in the world.  We’ve had that debate and the British public has settled the question.