Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Voting System Change Would Stop 'One Party Fiefdoms'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Voting System Change Would Stop 'One Party Fiefdoms'

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THE UK must reconsider the case for proportional representation as more power is devolved - to prevent the creation of a series of one-party fiefdoms across the country, a North East peer has warned.

Lord Shipley, the former leader of Newcastle City Council, said he backed calls to devolve more power to nations such as Scotland and Wales, and regions including the North East.

But the Liberal Democrat politician, speaking at an event at his party's annual conference, said the regional and national administrations would be undemocratic if only one party was represented.

The SNP appeared set to dominate Scotland while the North East was dominated by Labour and the south of England was dominated by Conservatives, he said.

The UK voted against changing the electoral system in 2011 in a referendum on whether to introduce the Alternative Vote system, known as AV.

This is not stricly speaking a form of proportional representation, although it tends to produce results more proportionate than the current first past the post system used for General Elections and local elections in England. …

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