Comments on: Conservative leadership election explained Founded in 1974 to campaign for a free market of ideas Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:21:43 +0000 hourly 1 By: Anthony Tuffin Tue, 05 Jul 2016 12:16:30 +0000 That is an excellent explanation of the system and a good example of how preferential voting such as AV would be an improvement, without changing the basic concept that the two eventual candidates, between them, enjoy widespread support of Conservative MPs.

Another advantage of preferential voting is speed. Many have criticised the Conservative Party for keeping the nation waiting at this crucial time while the party chooses its new leader and the next PM. On the other hand, it is fully understandable that David Cameron resigned and the party wants to choose its next leader democratically and with due process.

Unfortunately, the process being used is slow. With AV, the result would have been at least as democratic and known today.