The Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill [Bill 63 of 2010-11] - Commons Library Research Paper

Published 01 September 2010 | Research papers RP10/55

Authors: Oonagh Gay, Isobel White

Topic: Elections, General elections, Parliament, Electoral systems, House of Commons, Constitution

This Paper has been prepared for the Second Reading debate in the House of Commons. The Bill seeks to enable the next general election to be fought under the Alternative Vote system, provided this change is endorsed in a referendum on 5 May 2011 and boundary changes have been made to reduce the size of the House of Commons to 600. New rules for the redistribution of seats are designed to give primacy to numerical equality in constituencies and regular redistributions would take place every five years.

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