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- Should the FPTP system be retained for general elections?
- Votes are translated into seats fairly - larger parties get more seats than they merit and many smaller parties get fewer seats than they deserve.
- A party can win a parliamentary majority with as little as 35% of the vote - this is far from a democratic mandate.
- Regional differences in support are exaggerated, creating electoral deserts.
- Most MPs do not have the support of a majority of voters in their constituencies.
- Manty votes do not influence the election outcome, particularly in the growing number of safe seats.
- FPTP is becoming less likely to deliver what its supporters claim is its key strength, i.e. a strong, single-party government.
- It's simple to use and voters are familiar with it.
- It tends to produce strong and stable majority governments which can deliver their manifesto commitments.
- The governing party is held accountable by voters who have a clear choice between two major parties and can remove unpopular governments.
- It rarely produces unstable minority governments or coalitions that emerge from secretive negotiations.
- There is a clear link between an MP and the constituency they represent.
- Extremist parties are kept out of parliament and government.
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