Why is alternative voting not good enough for the public? - Huppert

July 7, 2010 11:49 AM

Julian HuppertCambridge MP Julian Huppert has raised the question as to why some MPs believe Alternative Voting is good enough for the House of Commons but not for the public.

He said a number of House of Commons' positions including that of the Speaker, are elected using the preferential voting system.

Julian was addressing Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg after he announced details of the government's proposals for political reform yesterday (Monday, July 5).

"Does he understand why some members belief that preferential voting is good enough for us, but not good enough for the public?" Julian asked.

He reminded Parliament that some MPs were elected to the Commons using such a system until 1950.

"I agree that preferential voting is not as alien a concept as it is sometimes made out to be," said Mr Clegg.

"AV is not a proportional system: it is a preferential system, and it is right that people up and down the country should now have their say on whether it should be introduced or not."

He said that all three main parties in the Commons use a form of preferential voting to elect their leaders.

"The Labour Party is doing it right now and a form of preferential voting was used for the election of the Mayor of London," he said.

After the debate, Julian said: "I passionately believe in political reform and I am a supporter of Power2010.

"Although AV would not be my first choice, it does go some way to handing more power to the people. It creates a fairer system."

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