- Created by: elsillars
- Created on: 21-04-18 15:46
Unfair to smaller parties FPTP
- Less concentrated vote
- Votes are widespread across the UK
In the 2010 election, the Lib Dems won 23% of the vote and 57 seats
Labour won 29% of vote and 307 seats
In 2015 election, over 10 million votes were to smaller parties.
Unrepresentative of voters FPTP
- Maintains a 2 party system
- Parties are able to govern on less than 50%
Votes for 2 largest parties was 67.3% in 2015
In 2017, votes for Conservative and Labour was over 80%
In 2017, Tories got 42.4% of the vote and 318 seats.
More choice and better representation AMS
- Represents the views of voters more
- 2 votes
- Each voter has 8 MSPs representing them
- Problems more likely to be heard
- In the regional vote, the voter chooses a party whereas in the constituency it is a candidate.
Clydebank and Milngavie constituency, Gil Paterson and 7 regional MSPs- Neil Bibby
Smaller parties have a greater chance AMS
- Do not have a concentrated vote
- Do better in the widespread regional vote
- More parties = more voices heard
In 2016 election, the Greens got 6.6% of the regional vote and 0.6% of the constituency vote.
In 2003-7, 8 parties and 2 indy candidates were represented.
No by-elections AMS
- In FPTP, when a MP dies or resigns a by-election is held to take their place.
- However, in AMS a party list is used so the people do not get any choice
- The party decide
- No control over who replaces regional MSPs
- Less opinion from voters
Richard Baker retired as North East's regional MSP, he was replaced by Lesley Brennan with no sort of election
Designed to avoid a majority government AMS
- The D'Hondt formula
- Works against those who do well in the constituency vote.
- Harder for the government to pass laws by themselves as they need a majority
- Have to compromise with other parties
- Or join a coalition
- Not what voters voted for
The minority SNP government of 2007-11 found it difficult to pass laws such as M.A.P in 2010. Only the SNP were for it. Labour were against it