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Labour and the Conservatives have no incentive to change electoral system, says Prof Wyn Grant

Professor Wyn Grant, of the University of Warwick Department of Politics and International Studies, has today argued that the key question behind replacing the United Kingdom's voting system for general elections is "whether the Conservative or Labour parties have an incentive to change it". The answer, says Professor Grant, is a clear "no".

Professor Grant's comment in full:

The difficulty with replacing the current electoral system is that when the electorate were offered the possibility of a modest change in a referendum they decisively rejected it. It might be argued that the recent election has demonstrated the disproportionality of first past the post. However, the key question is whether the Conservative or Labour parties have an incentive to change it and the answer is no, even though they lost out under first past the post in Scotland.

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Tom Frew, International Press Officer

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Professor Wyn Grant

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Email: w dot p dot grant at warwick dot ac dot uk