MPs use AV – why can’t we?

Sir,

We are told by some MPs that the proposed AV electoral system is fundamentally flawed because it undermines the principle of “one person one vote”.

Yet MPs themselves use exactly the same AV system when they are electing a chairman for a Commons Select Committee.

Peers use exactly the same AV system to elect their Speaker. Has Parliament resounded to cries that it is wrong to use this, and instead it should be “one MP one vote”, or “one peer one vote”?

Of course not. They know that the principle of “one person one vote” is fully retained and respected under AV – whether it is used for elections within Parliament, or elections to Parliament.

Dr D R Cooper,

Via email