Saturday, May 08, 2010

Election II

Here's a table of what would have happened had the UK election been conducted under MMP compared to the FPP result yesterday. As you can see, the election was highly disproportionate, with the Liberal Democrats getting just 6 percent fewer than Labour but 201 fewer seats. What's also notable is that the Liberal Democrats increased its share of the vote - but got five fewer seats. Likewise the Conservatives got a higher percentage of the vote than Labour got at the previous election - but 50 fewer seats.

Five parties, including the Liberal Democrats got exactly the same combined percentage of the vote as did Labour, but got 184 fewer seats, Under MMP, with no threshold, they`d have got the same as Labour. And the Greens and the British National Party would have got a lot more seats under MMP, the Greens particularly with the one seat rule.

Political Party% VoteSeats% Seats seats, MMPMMP,1% thresMMP,5% thres*
Liberal Democrat23.0578.8149158155
Democratic Unionist Party0.681.2404
Scottish National Party1.760.9111211
Sinn Fein0.650.7404
Plaid Cymru0.630.5404
Social Democratic Labour Party0.430.520 2
BNP1.90 012130
Ulster Conservatives & Unionists0.300200
Independant010.15 111
Other1.611 700
* and at least one electorate seat.




Blogger FAIRFACTS MEDIA said...

Of course, had Britain had MMP, the result would have been different.
The beauty of MMP is every vote counts, rather than just those in the marginals.
The Tories said those who voted UKIP would be letting ZanuLiarbore in, and it appears enough voted UKIP and denied the Tories a majority.
But under MMP, UKIP would have formed a coalition with the Tories.
Liarbour might have shed more votes to the BNP too.
A better guide might have been the Euro elections last year, where the Tories were about 30%, UKIP had about 20%, Labour 17% and so on.
This election uses a form of PR, so allows people to vote more for what they want than against what they don't want, which can happen under FPTP.

May 9, 2010 at 11:17 AM  

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