What is legitmacy (5) Watch

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Could someone check if this would receive 5 marks? Edexcel exam board.

Legitimacy is the right to exercise power. It suggests that you have been given consent by those who elected you. During elections legitimacy is sought, the party who gets the most votes has the most legitimacy, so they are accountable to the electorate.
In the UK democratic system, the House of Commons is legitimate as they have been elected. However, only around one third of MP's gain a majority vote in their constituency, this questions their legitimacy. The House of Lords is arguably not legitimate because its members have not been elected. However, it does have traditional authority and its political influence is widely recognised.

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