The effects of first-past-the-post

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The distribution of seats in the House of Commons is not proportionate.
Labour won the 2005 election with only 35% of the popular vote.
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Small parties normally cannot win seats; this keeps out extreme parties but also parties that represent minority views.
The Conservatives and Labour have been the only parties in government since World War 2.
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It normally produces a clear winner because it favours larger parties. Meaning a clear mandate.
Conservatives 327 won 2015.
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A strong MP and constituency relationship.
No DE hunt formula or quota.
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Biased to Labour.
2005 Labour 35% vote 66-seat majority. 2010 Conservative 36% votes coalition.
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High number of wasted votes and safe seats.
Steve Baker High Wycombe.
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Plurality rather than majority support.
Rochester 2014. UKIP won with 42.1% of the vote but the Conservatives and Labour won 50% of the vote.
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Small parties normally cannot win seats; this keeps out extreme parties but also parties that represent minority views.

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The Conservatives and Labour have been the only parties in government since World War 2.

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It normally produces a clear winner because it favours larger parties. Meaning a clear mandate.

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A strong MP and constituency relationship.

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Biased to Labour.

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