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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.

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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. 

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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 

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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.  

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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 

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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

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