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MPConstituencyPartyPro-PR?Quote
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Docherty, LeoAldershotConservativeNo data
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Morton, WendyAldridge-BrownhillsConservativeNo data
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Brady, GrahamAltrincham Sale WestConservativeUndecidedI am not persuaded of the case for electoral reform although I would not rule out supporting any system that retained the single member constituency.
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Mills, NigelAmber ValleyConservativeNo data
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Herbert, NickArundel South DownsConservativeOpposes PRI believe that Britain's traditional system for elections to the House of Commons has much strength. It is, in my view, a force for unity and stability. 'First past the post' ensures that each MP represents a recognisable constituency and usually ensures there is a single party in government which can be judged on its record and ejected from office if it fails. Our current electoral system is used by half the voters in the world. The British electorate overwhelmingly voted to retain it in a referendum just five years ago.
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De Piero, GloriaAshfieldLabourNo data
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Green, DamianAshfordConservativeOpposes PRI used to support proportional systems but my experience as an MP changed my mind...FPTP provides democratic accountability, a stable government, and a moderate government. No system is perfect, but I detect no great desire to change the voting system, even at a time of general disillusion with politics.
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Rayner, AngelaAshton-under-LyneLabourUndecidedI acknowledge however that forms of proportional representation are already being used successfully in the devolved administrations across the UK, as well as in many local authority elections.
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Lidington, DavidAylesburyConservativeOpposes PROur current electoral system is one of the UK's biggest exports and is used by half the voters in the world.
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Prentis, VictoriaBanburyConservativeOpposes PRI recognise the arguments for proportional representation, many of which were put forward during the referendum campaign in 2011...however, in my view, First-Past-the Post is the best system for our democracy. It produces simple and clear results (as seen at last year's election) and the administrative costs are low.
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Hodge, MargaretBarkingLabourSupports PR[Voted for PR, December 2015]
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Jarvis, DanBarnsley CentralLabourUndecidedI'm open to it, but not as instinctively embracing of it as some of my colleagues.
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Peacock, StephanieBarnsley EastLabourNo data
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Woodcock, JohnBarrow FurnessIndependentSupports PR[Support confirmed by Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform]
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Baron, JohnBasildon BillericayConservativeOpposes PRI strongly disagree with your view that First Past the Post is outdated and unfit for purpose. It is clear, transparent and easily understood, and delivers clear and accountable political representation. Furthermore, I believe the constituency link is very important, which a system of proportional representation would erode, if not abolish altogether.
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Miller, MariaBasingstokeConservativeOpposes PRDemocracy itself is put in jeopardy when voters cannot be sure what their vote might mean.
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Mann, JohnBassetlawLabourOpposes PRI do not believe in MPs without local constituencies and see no evidence that it works well in Scotland or Wales.
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Hobhouse, WeraBath
Liberal Democrat
Supports PRIf elected, I will do everything I can to change the voting system to PR, so everyone will have a vote that counts equally and seats will match votes.
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Brabin, TracyBatley SpenLabourSupports PRI’m totally in favour [of Proportional Representation] because I want more diversity.
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de Cordova, MarshaBatterseaLabourSupports PRI support votes at 16. I’ve also always been a supporter of PR, but whatever voting system we have it is crucial that it is accessible to everyone.
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Grieve, DominicBeaconsfieldConservativeUndecidedI am open minded as to the desirability of moving towards a proportional representation system and if so what that PR system might be.
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Stewart, BobBeckenhamConservativeOpposes PRI am no fan of PR because in our system it seems to imply weak governments as a possible result but I will think again about it anew. Personally I don't like AV or PR anyway.
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Yasin, MohammadBedfordLabourNo data
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Coyle, NeilBermondsey and Old SouthwarkLabourSupports PRI do support a PR system. My concern is that we have a constituency link.
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Trevelyan, Anne-MarieBerwick-on-TweedConservativeNo data
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Ali, RushanaraBethnal Green BowLabourSupports PR[Support confirmed by Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform]
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Stuart, GrahamBeverley HoldernessConservativeOpposes PRRegarding the voting system, we had a referendum on electoral reform in the last Parliament. Electors voted strongly against changing the system, with more than two-thirds voting against switching to the ‘Alternative Vote’ (AV) system and in favour of retaining First Past the Post.
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Merriman, HuwBexhill BattleConservativeOpposes PRwe should respect the outcome of the referendum vote on this matter. 67.9% of those who voted in the referendum in 2011 elected for the current system of first past the post. I am afraid that I will not therefore be supporting a change in the election process.
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Evennett, DavidBexleyheath CrayfordConservativeOpposes PR
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Field, FrankBirkenheadLabourOpposes PRWhile I am not in favour of PR, I do take your point about electoral reform.
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Gill, PreetBirmingham EdgbastonLabourNo data
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Dromey, JackBirmingham ErdingtonLabourUndecidedThis being said it seems clear that Parliament does not accurately represent the exact wishes of the electorate. Furthermore, it is very worrying that so many do not vote at all and this must be caused, to some extent, by the voting system. I therefore am pleased that the Labour Party will engage in a national dialogue to better understand what can be done to improve our democracy, not only in terms of the voting system but in a whole variety of ways.
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Godsiff, RogerBirmingham Hall GreenLabourOpposes PRI actually support the alternative vote ...My main objections to proportional representation are that it has the potential to give enormous influence to very small parties which is out of all proportion to the votes they receive.
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Byrne, LiamBirmingham Hodge HillLabourNo data
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Mahmood, ShabanaBirmingham LadywoodLabourOpposes PRThe referendum of 2011 saw the United Kingdom overwhelmingly reject changing the way MPs are elected. This clear result has settled the question for the foreseeable future.
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Burden, RichardBirmingham NorthfieldLabourSupports PRHow we do politics - the political culture we operate in - is partly shaped by our electoral system. That is why we should be asking voters what they want from the political system in this country and considering how alternative electoral systems can contribute to different forms of politics.
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Mahmood, KhalidBirmingham Perry BarrLabourOpposes PR[A representative of Khalid said:] He does not support PR for elections to the House of Commons as he believes that the constituency link between an MP and the people he or she represents should be broken. He also believes that our immediate priority should be reform of the House of Lords.
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McCabe, SteveBirmingham Selly OakLabourOpposes PR
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Phillips, JessBirmingham, YardleyLabourSupports PR[Voted for PR, July 2016]
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Goodman, HelenBishop AucklandLabourSupports PR[Voted for PR, July 2016]
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Hollern, KateBlackburnLabourNo data
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Stringer, GrahamBlackley BroughtonLabourOpposes PR[Voted against PR, December 2015]
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Maynard, PaulBlackpool North CleveleysConservativeNo data
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Marsden, GordonBlackpool SouthLabourNo data
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Twist, LizBlaydonLabourNo data
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Campbell, RonnieBlyth ValleyLabourUndecidedI appreciate, however, that there is a case to look in detail at our electoral system and that forms of proportional representation are already used in the devolved administrations across the UK, as well as in many local authority elections. While the 2011 referendum on the introduction of the Alternative Vote was defeated by a margin of more than two to one, I do not think electoral reform should be off the agenda if there is public support for it. I therefore welcome that the Leader of the Opposition has announced that electoral reform will be considered as part of the Opposition's Constitutional Convention. More widely, I believe it is vital that our politics connects and engages with the public and I am open to proposals that can help achieve this.
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Gibb, NickBognor Regis LittlehamptonConservativeOpposes PRFirst Past the Post is a tried and tested system which ensures stability and clear governance, preventing disproportionate influence by minority parties with minimal public support, who typically end up holding the balance of power in PR systems.
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Skinner, DennisBolsoverLabourOpposes PR[Voted against PR, December 2015]
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Crausby, DavidBolton North EastLabourUndecidedI'm open to a national debate on this issue
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Qureshi, YasminBolton South EastLabourNo data
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Green, ChrisBolton WestConservativeNo data
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Dowd, PeterBootleLabourSupports PRI've shifted towards a PR system.
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Warman, MattBoston SkegnessConservativeNo data
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Tredinnick, DavidBosworthConservativeOpposes PRIn the referendum, electors voted strongly against changing the system, with more than two-thirds voting against switching to the 'Alternative Vote' system and in favour of retaining first past the post. As a result, it would be hard to justify ignoring the democratic verdict in the referendum, and equally hard to make a case for a further referendum on a more ambitious reform, such as Proportional Representation, when the more modest AV proposal was defeated so resoundingly. I support the First Past the Post system because I believe it is simple, fair, and effective. It has worked for our country
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Ellwood, TobiasBournemouth EastConservativeOpposes PROur current electoral system is one of the UK's biggest exports, used by half the voters in the world. We've had that debate and the British public has settled the question.
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Burns, ConorBournemouth WestConservativeOpposes PR...one of my principal concerns about proportional representation is that can lead to the election of representatives of very small political parties, which in turn means that coalition government becomes more likely.
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Lee, PhillipBracknellConservativeNo data
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Hussain, ImranBradford EastLabourUndecidedI appreciate, however, that there is a case to look in detail at our electoral system and that forms of proportional representation are already used in the devolved administrations across the UK, as well as in many local authority elections...While the 2011 referendum on the introduction of the Alternative Vote was defeated by a margin of more than two to one, I do not think electoral reform should not be off the agenda if there is a public support for it.
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Cummins, JudithBradford SouthLabourNo data
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Shah, NaseemBradford WestLabourUndecided
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Cleverly, JamesBraintreeConservativeNo data
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Butler, DawnBrent CentralLabourUndecidedThere are, of course, strengths and weaknesses to all voting systems. FPTP does have a history of generally returning stable, single-party governments and of retaining the constituency link, both of which I think are important benefits to our electoral system. I appreciate, however, that there is a case to look in detail at our electoral system and that forms of proportional representation are already used in the devolved administrations across the UK, as well as in many local authority elections.
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Gardiner, BarryBrent NorthLabourOpposes PRI'm a First Past the Post man.
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Cadbury, RuthBrentford IsleworthLabourSupports PRIf elected, I will do everything I can to change the voting system to PR, so everyone will have a vote that counts equally and seats will match votes.
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Burghart, AlexBrentwood OngarConservativeNo data
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Liddell-Grainger, IanBridgwater West SomersetConservativeOpposes PROur current electoral system is one of the UK’s biggest exports, used by half the voters in the world.
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Percy, AndrewBrigg GooleConservativeOpposes PRThere was a referendum in 2011 which cost millions of pounds of taxpayers money. In that referendum, the public decided to stick with the current electoral system. We should stick with the system the public decided it wanted.
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Russell-Moyle, LloydBrighton KemptownLabourSupports PRI have said that I support AV Plus which was suggested by the Jenkins Commission. It takes AMS but uses AV rather than FPTP which AMS uses in the constituency vote. I have said this at a number of public meetings and online.
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Lucas, CarolineBrighton PavilionGreenSupports PRIt is only proportional representation that will deliver a parliament that is truly legitimate, and that better reflects the people we represent.
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McCarthy, KerryBristol EastLabourSupports PRThere's clearly a democratic case for introducing a fairer voting system. I'll continue to make the case when the opportunity arises. But with Brexit I'm not convinced now is the time to push for it.
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Jones, DarrenBristol North WestLabourSupports PR[Support confirmed by Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform]
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Smyth, KarinBristol SouthLabourUndecidedI appreciate, however, that there is a case to look in detail at our electoral system and that forms of proportional representation are already used in the devolved administrations across the UK, as well as in many local authority elections. While the 2011 referendum on the introduction of the Alternative Vote was defeated by a margin of more than two to one, I do not think electoral reform should be off the agenda if there is proven public support for it.
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Debbonaire, ThangamBristol WestLabourUndecidedEvery vote is valuable and everyone should be able to feel that their vote counts for something. Electoral reform can form part of an agenda to increase public engagement in politics and give them assurance that the system is fair and properly democratic.
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Simpson, KeithBroadlandConservativeOpposes PR...It would be hard to justify ignoring the democratic verdict in the referendum, and equally hard to make a case for a further referendum on a more ambitious reform, such as Proportional Representation, when the more modest AV proposal was defeated so resoundingly. I support the First Past the Post system because I believe it is simple, fair, and effective. It has worked for our country.
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Neill, BobBromley ChislehurstConservativeOpposes PR[Co-sponsored Bill calling for all elections in England to be held under First Past the Post, December 2016]
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Javid, SajidBromsgroveConservativeOpposes PR
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Walker, CharlesBroxbourneConservativeOpposes PRWe had a referendum in 2011 on the voting system and by a margin of 2 to 1 the public chose to remain with first past the post. Therefore, I do not envisage this issue being revisited again for another two decades or more.
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Soubry, AnnaBroxtoweConservativeOpposes PRI do not believe we need electoral reform, as the current system of First Past the Post is satisfactory. The proposed alternative of Proportional Representation breaks MPs' constituency links, and removes the principle of one representative for each constituency.
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Bercow, JohnBuckinghamSpeakerSpeakerThe speaker is not allowed to be party political.
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Cooper, JulieBurnleyLabourNo data
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Griffiths, AndrewBurtonConservativeNo data
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Frith, JamesBury NorthLabourUndecided
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Lewis, IvanBury SouthIndependentNo data
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Churchill, JoBury St EdmundsConservativeOpposes PRI am afraid that I do not agree with your views on PR, and fully support First Past the Post (FPTP). This tried and tested system ensures stability and clear governance, preventing disproportionate influence by minority parties with minimal public support, who typically end up holding the balance of power in PR systems.
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Whittaker, CraigCalder ValleyConservativeOpposes PRI support the First Past the Post system because I believe it is simple, fair and effective. It has worked for our country.
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Harman, HarrietCamberwell PeckhamLabourUndecidedI share your concern that our democratic institutions have become too remote from too many people, and many feel the system does not work for them. ...A Labour government will establish a constitutional convention to debate the issues of electoral reform.
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Eustice, GeorgeCamborne RedruthConservativeNo data
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Zeichner, DanielCambridgeLabourSupports PRI have been a strong advocate for Proportional Representation for many years... I believe that ensuring UK citizens are properly represented in politics is vitally important to any democratic system.
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Milling, AmandaCannock ChaseConservativeOpposes PR[Voted against PR, December 2015]
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Duffield, RosieCanterburyLabourSupports PRIf elected, I will do everything I can to change the voting system to PR, so everyone will have a vote that counts equally and seats will match votes.
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Stevenson, JohnCarlisleConservativeOpposes PR[Co-sponsored Bill calling for all elections in England to be held under First Past the Post, December 2016]
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Brake, TomCarshalton Wallington
Liberal Democrat
Supports PRI believe that Britain's electoral system should deliver maximum power to the voter, no more wasted votes, and a representative body that proportionately reflects the opinions of the electorate.
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Harris, RebeccaCastle PointConservativeNo data
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Stride, MelDevon CentralConservativeOpposes PROur current electoral system is one of the UK's biggest exports, used by half the voters in the world.
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Poulter, DanielSuffolk Central Ipswich NorthConservativeNo data
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Argar, EdwardCharnwoodConservativeOpposes PRI believe that the First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) system, while not perfect, remains the right system for our country for four main reasons: it is clear and simple - the candidate who gets the most wins; it is effective and almost always provides a clear result; it reflects our history - under FPTP one person gets one vote; and it carries with it a link to a single geographic constituency.
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Crouch, TraceyChatham AylesfordConservativeNo data
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Robinson, MaryCheadleConservativeOpposes PRFirst Past the Post more often than not results in a Government with a working majority in Parliament, making decisive Government possible. It also allows the formation of a clear opposition that can provide an alternative to, and a check on, the Government of the day.
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Ford, VickyChelmsfordConservativeOpposes PRI am ... sceptical about replacing the First Past The Post system with PR.
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