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Supplementary Vote System

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

4. Whether the Electoral Commission has made an assessment of the effectiveness of the supplementary vote system used in the London mayoral election. (204054)

Does my hon. Friend think there may be an argument for reforming the 5 per cent. threshold whereby extremist parties such as the British National party can gain seats with a relatively small number of votes?

The view of the Electoral Commission is that its role is to report on the administration of statutory elections in the UK and to provide information to electors on the way the electoral system works. However, it takes the view that it is the responsibility of the Government to promote and for Parliament to decide on the detail of the manner in which the vote is implemented.