New Forest East

DEMOCRACY – PR – 16 January 1998

Dr Julian Lewis: Does the hon. Gentleman realise that, if proportional representation had operated in the general election of 1 May 1997, the Labour party, with 43 percent of the vote, would have been utterly dependent on a third party – presumably the Liberal Democrats – to form a Government? Does he believe that that would have given a more representative result than the actual result, in which the country's wish for a Labour Government was manifested by the realisation of a Labour Government?