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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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1931–1945: Barren Years

1931–1945: Barren Years

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(p.248) XI 1931–1945: Barren Years
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Proportional Representation
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Jenifer Hart

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201366.003.0012

Because the general election in October 1931 was conducted within circumstances that involved crisis, it showed how the electoral system could accommodate violate opinions since the minority was evidently under-represented in parliament due to popular vote. Because proportional representation still would not have upgraded the status of those in Labour since the Liberals would have been more in favour of the Conservatives, the supporters of this notion pointed out that the speeches that asserted that the alternative vote be imposed to ensure a House of Commons that was well-represented were foolish. However, if proportional representation had been employed on the same voting patterns, Labour would have acquired more seats. Despite this, the party still had no intention of making modifications on the system.

Keywords:   general election, parliament, popular vote, Conservatives, Labour, House of Commons

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