Proportional Voting Powers for UK MPs

a proposal by T L Hurst

Proportional Voting
Powers for UK MPs

a proposal by T L Hurst

The Voting Power Proposal

The voting power proposal preserves the link between the MPs elected and the voters wishes by retaining the FPTP system. However, votes cast by MPs would be weighed according to the average vote per seat of their party. The resulting "voting power" and its calculation is as follows:

Voting Power Summary

p = v / t * 1,000 / s

p = voting power rounded to 1 decimal place (Conservatives = 1.2).
v = votes cast for the party (Conservatives = 10,703,754).
t = total votes cast in election (29,687,604).
s = seats won by the party (Conservatives = 306).

By-Elections and other Interim Changes

It is suggested that the voting power for each party's MPs remain unchanged by by-elections and other interim changes.

The Practicalities of MPs Voting Powers

It is likely that manual telling arrangements for division votes in parliament would need to be augmented by an electronic system. This could be in the form of voting panels in the house, or if the members wish to continue the tradition of voting by division, they could have digital ID cards, to identify them when a division take place. The system could attribute and total the appropriate voting powers, and could also provide audit facilities.

The Strengths of MPs Voting Powers

It allows the voting power of MPs in parliamentary divisions to reflect the electoral votes cast at the general election, for the parties that are represented in the House of Commons. It also reduces the inequalities caused by constituencies of different sizes, hence lessening the need for boundary changes.

The Weaknesses of MPs Voting Powers

The proposal leaves around 2 million voters at the 2010 general election unrepresented, as their votes were cast for parties that did not secure a seat. If desired, this anomaly could be addressed by creating a non-constituency seat for each party which received, say, 1% or more of the electoral vote but did not win a seat. However that is not an integral part of this proposal.

Voting Powers from the 2010 General Election

Voting Power Details

This table gives the suggested voting powers for the MPs of all the parties that won seats in the 2010 general election, together with the suggested voting powers of the respective parties. Note: The voting powers are rounded to one place of decimals.

The paper can be downloaded in pdf format by clicking here, or can be linked to:

Note: The author is not a member of, nor affiliated to, any political party.


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