Politics in Scotland
This page will help you revise how elections work in Scotland and the UK and how Members of the Scottish Parliament represent their constituents.
The voting system for the Scottish Parliament is the Additional Member System. This combines a form of Proportional Representation (PR) with First Past the Post (FPTP). The Additional Member System attempts to benefit from the advantages of the two systems while avoiding their problems. 56 MSPs are elected through PR by regional lists, while more, 73 MSPs, are elected by FPTP.
How the Additional Member System Works
Advantages of the Additional Member System
Disadvantages of the Additional Member System
First Past The Post (FPTP) is the voting system used for General Elections in the UK to elect MPs to the House of Commons in Westminster. The UK is divided up into 650 constituencies. In each constituency, voters put a cross against one candidate on the ballot paper. The winner (who becomes the Member of Parliament) is the candidate with the most votes.
In the 2010 General Election in the Uk the results were as follows:
Advantages of First Past the Post
Disadvantages of First Past the Post
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