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Abolish the single vote for each MP in Parliament.

Comment 15th July 2010

Let each party share out all its national votes between all its elected MPs

This would give instant proportionality, with the national vote.

It could be done like this.

Use two separate ballots one for the election of MPs & another for getting proportionality,

1– Ballot for MP using the present system or the AV method.

MPs get to parliament in the usual non-proportional numbers.

Stage 2 works to correct proportionality

 

2– Ballot separately to get voters to mark their preferred party, with a 1.

(If the voters preferred party might get no MPs then they could mark their second & third preferences with a 2 & a 3.)

 

3– The voting form needs to list all UK parties, & all independants

Think of this as a proxy vote.

All the proxy votes for a party go to parliament where the party shares them evenly between all its elected MPs.

 

MPs use these votes in each division. MPs of different parties have different voting power!

This creates the proportionality.

Why does this matter?

This system avoids the usual problems, that hinder adoption of other PR systems.

 

It is a very simple but exact form of PR.

 

It gets PR without losing the existing constituency link, every MP is responsible to & for a constituency

Proxies in marginals count no more than proxies elsewhere. So parties would have to address all national voters

You have a real proxy vote even if your party has no candidate in your constituency.

It would be impossible to adjust boundaries to gain partisan advantage.

Constituency size does not matter, so there is less need to adjust boundaries.

Having a separate proxy ballot avoids errors where voters choose to vote tactically in the MP ballot.

 

In “safe” seats the proxy ballot vote counts even though in the MP ballot voters recognise their impotence. An increase of 10% in turnout might easily ensue.

 

It could be put into practice without delay.

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