Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts and views and concerns about an extension of FPTP to other forms of election in England and Wales.
As I think you know, I’m a strong supporter of FPTP for U.K. Parliamentary elections, not least because of the clear single-constituency link and role for each and every MP, and because of the propensity of the system to deliver ‘clearer’ General Election results and potentially ‘stronger’/single-Party Governments. But I realise that these two particular ‘benefits’ of FPTP, as I perceive them, are not at all relevant to single-area Mayoral or Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections!
I don’t personally have a hugely strong view with regard to whether it should be FTPP, or the (current) Supplementary Vote, or the full Alternative Vote for ‘single-area and single-position’ elections such as our elected Mayoralties and PCCs. I think each of those three methods are acceptable. (NB. There are, interestingly, only a very small number of those Mayoral/PCC elections where the Supplementary Vote has produced a different result to what it would have been under FPTP).
I think my top preference is still for FPTP, as I think it is the voting system most likely to elect the ‘most popular’ candidate rather than the ‘least unpopular candidate’, but I do also understand the arguments for AV and for the Supplementary Vote.
With best wishes.
Member of Parliament for Woking