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First-past-the-post has failed to deliver a majority yet again—time for electoral reform

As May is forced to forge an alliance with the DUP, the strongest case against the current system is its inability to supply its own unique selling proposition

By Matthew Robert Cole  

Protestors outside the Palace of Westminster demonstrate against the prospect of a TOry-DUP alliance. Photo: Scott D'Arcy/PA Wire/PA Images

Electoral reform used to be a live issue. It appeared in party manifestos; it was the subject of a national referendum and proposals for reform of the second chamber; proportional representation was even enacted for votes to choose representatives in London, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and to Europe. Yet it seems to have dropped off the agenda.

The Liberal Democrats still promote PR for the Commons, but both they and…

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