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A modest proposal

There is broad political consensus on the remedies for many of Britain's ills. Derek Coombs, chairman of Prospect and a former MP, regrets that it is not reflected in parliament

By Derek Coombs   January 1996

Many people agree that some measure of constitutional change is needed in parliament, but the remedies suggested are often as tired as the problems they are intended to address. I want to propose one simple but significant change which would dramatically alter the way parliament is run, by strengthening and engaging the more open-minded middle ground MPs of all parties.

The proposal is straightforward and would not alter our present voting system in any way. The government of the day must represent the majority of its citizens and therefore no political party should be able to form a government unless…

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