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Proportional RepresentationCritics of the British Electoral System 1820-1945$
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Jenifer Hart

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201366

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201366.001.0001

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The Labour Government and the Alternative Vote, 1929–1931

The Labour Government and the Alternative Vote, 1929–1931

(p.232) X The Labour Government and the Alternative Vote, 1929–1931
Proportional Representation

Jenifer Hart

Oxford University Press

Although the Conservatives won more votes that Labour in the May 1929 general election, the conservatives acquired fewer seats. Labour was not able to account for the majority of the 615 seats in spite of how this party was perceived to be the largest in the House of Commons. As such, the electoral system was not able to comply with the role that its supporters wanted it to fulfill, and this was something that reformers previously warned about. Instead of blaming the electoral system, the Conservatives drew more attention to the Liberal party and asserted that they should not have fielded so many candidates. While the Liberals complained about how they seemed to be under-represented, this brought about several uncertainties regarding the results of the elections.

Keywords:   Conservatives, Labour, House of Commons, elections, reformers, electoral system, Liberals

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