Should the UK adopt proportional representation?

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Yes. It ensures greater fairness in translating voter choice to seats.
In the 2015 election UKIP would have won 83 seats rather than 1
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Yes. It creates multi-member constituencies; voters have a choice in which representative to turn to for assistance.
The single transferable vote gives the people more than one person to go to for help
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Yes. It often creates coalitions, which can assist the peace process in areas of divisive politics.
We’ve already seen the benefits of consensus politics in the recent 2010 coalition such as the Marriage Equality Act
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Yes. It aids smaller parties to gain fairer representation in relation to voter choice.
The Green party has little representation in Westminster, but have many seats in dissolved Assemblies, which use PR
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Yes. Fewer wasted votes and reduced tactical voting.
In 2010 under FPTP, 53% of all votes cast were for a losing candidate.
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No. There seems to be little appetite for electoral reform in the UK.
The electorate voted ‘no’ in the AV referendum
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No. Other systems may be more difficult for the electorate to understand and accept.
Under the Alternative Vote you rank the candidates in order of preference but this could leave people who are not used to this confused
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No. It may give opportunity to extremist parties.
In 2010 under proportional representation the BNP would have gained 12 seats
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No. Coalitions may lead to less decisive, weak and inefficient governments.
In 2010 Nick Clegg abandoned the manifesto pledge of scrapping tuition fees and sided entirely with the Conservatives who increased the tuition fees by two thirds.
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No. Some systems would destroy the MP - constituency link.
Under closed party list the electorate votes for a party where the party leader has already ranked representatives in order
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Yes. It creates multi-member constituencies; voters have a choice in which representative to turn to for assistance.

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The single transferable vote gives the people more than one person to go to for help

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