AV+ may be considered a variant of AMS, in particular the version which was introduced for use in Scotland, Wales and the Greater London Assembly in 1998, the same year AV+ was proposed. However, unlike most versions of AMS, AV+ is not designed to deliver a high level of proportional representation. Rather, under AV+ the number of candidates elected from regional lists is kept to a relatively small "top up" in order to grant an in-built electoral advantage to larger parties. AV+ also differs from most versions of AMS in that the constituency seats are elected by means of the Alternative Vote rather than the Simple Plurality ('First past the post') system.
AV+ was invented by the 1998 Jenkins Commission, which recommended it as a system for use in British general elections, but no action has yet been taken on that committee's recommendations. The Commission described the system as a "limited" form of AMS aimed at achieving a balance between the requirements of "broad proportionality" and "stable government".
However, leading figures in the Cabinet at the time (e.g. Home Secretary Jack Straw, Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, Chancellor Gordon Brown, Margaret Beckett, the Labour NEC) all strongly opposed any reform of the voting system, and effectively killed the chance of any change.
The report was welcomed by the Liberal Democrats and the SNP, although the Liberal Democrats remain largely committed to STV.
The report was heavily criticised by the Conservative party, with leader William Hague branding its proposals "a dog's breakfast".
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