Proportional Representation with First-Past-The-Post Voting - ProFirst or PFPTP - a new approach to PR!

A summary

Now, in the Twenty-first Century, we can finally give our MPs a vote in the House which is itself proportional to how the people voted. No need for the clumsy Alternative Vote systems that have been the only way to attempt this till now. This proposed reform builds on the speed and simplicity of the present single-vote system to combine the best of First-past-the-post with a genuine PR system.

It could be achieved without major constitutional change, and would be made possible by the introduction of electronic voting in the House (something which has already been under consideration).

Simulated outcomes both of this PFPTP ProFirst system and of the now-rejected AV system can be seen by clicking on the items in the box on the left. In outline, the PFPTP ProFirst system works as set out below, and is given in more detail on the following pages.

  • Keep the present first-past-the-post system intact, with the same (or fewer) constituencies each with a single MP – the one, as now, who polled the largest number of local votes.
  • Each MP’s individual vote in the House would then have an assigned value or “count” numerically equal to that MP’s electoral poll, but scaled by their party’s share of the total vote throughout the country.

  • Thus an MP representing a party with few seats but a much larger proportion of the popular vote and who personally had achieved a large share of the local vote, would carry a voting power or “count” in the House much larger than that of an MP belonging to a party with a large number of seats but a relatively smaller proportion of the popular vote and who had only just scraped in on the local vote.
  • The sum total of all MPs’ votes in the House would numerically and proportionally equal the sum total of electoral votes cast for every party that won at least one seat. And the total of each party’s MPs’ “counts” would exactly equal the total number of votes which that party had received. Independent MPs would carry their own vote “count”.
  • This would mean that almost every voter would be represented, and could see how their vote had contributed on every issue. Those who had not voted for the member elected to represent their local constituency would know that their local MP did not carry their vote at all in the House and did not benefit from it, but that all MPs of the party they voted for did in fact together carry the whole of their otherwise “wasted” vote.
  • In other words, virtually every vote cast in the election would count exactly proportionally at every division in the House. Voters would be re-assured that:
  • Your vote will Count ... and Count ... and Count ...