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FIRST PAST THE POST (FPTP) system

STATEMENT EXAMPLE ANALYSIS
Used in UK General Elections First party to 324 seats Winner takes all
An old idea Predates Tory, Labour and Liberal Introduced long before modern
parties expectations of democracy

Most widely used in world after Party Lists
­ usually ex colonies…

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Business, especially global does not like
instability ­ likes to know interest, inflation
currency rates over long term
All UK citizens have their own MP In 2005 late Peter Law won Blaenau Voters can hold MPs individually
Gwent as an independent, having been accountable at next election if they are…

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No government since 1945 got more than
50% of vote
Does not necessarily produce a result in 2005 ­ Labour 35.2% of votes ­ 356 Lib Dems got 22.6% of vote and 18.6%
which share of seats reflects share of seats share of seats because of strong support
votes Tories…

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Government could become dictatorial in Thatcher/Blair governments Is strong government always good
style due to majority government?
Fighting in streets over poll tax
Backbench revolts probably stop this
happening for too long, however
Would War in Iraq happened with a
coalition government?
Need to have concentration of voters in i.e.…

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