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First Past the Post is a robust way of electing MPs, providing a clear and well-understood link between constituents and their representatives, and is more likely to lead to stable Governments.
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The First Past the Post system is a robust and secure way of electing Members of Parliament. It is simple - in each constituency the candidate for whom more people voted than for any alternatives is elected. It provides a clear and well-understood link between constituents and their representatives in Parliament. Proportional voting systems have a tendency to result in coalition or minority governments which can lead to governments being indecisive or unstable. Furthermore, such voting systems can lead to small parties having significant power in coalition formations and therefore exercising power beyond their electoral representation. Parties which have become unpopular with the electorate can also continue to retain a stake in power.In 2011, more than two thirds of electors voted in favour of retaining the First Past the Post System in the referendum on electoral reform. The Government was elected on a manifesto commitment to continue to support First Past the Post and has no plans to change the voting system away from this system.Cabinet Office
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