How effective does Parliament carry out its representative function?

  • House of Commons represented geographically
  • First Past the Post - doesn't reflect the way people voted
  • Even within constituencies, rarely MPs get over 50% majority vote
  • Social composition of the electorate
  • Doesn't reflect the social makeup of society
  • 'Whips'
  • MPs ignoring constituent's views
  • HS2, Brexit - don't want their constituents to go in their backyards
  • House of Lords don't represent anyone but it is not elected

Although the House of Commons has more power, but the House of Lords has more influence over government policy when it comes to scrutiny. Despite the House of…


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