Votes Per Seats

There is something dreadfully wrong with the way that the United Kingdom elects its members of Parliament. Every voter is allowed one vote in his or her constituency. The candidate with the most votes wins the seat, even though the opposing candidates may have mustered far more votes. That seems fair enough, until you look into the recent election in detail.

The following table sets out the relationship between votes and seats. It also displayed, quite vividly, the smallest of constituencies in Scotland and Northern Ireland and makes nonsense of the SNP’s claim that Scotland deserves “more clout”.

Party Votes per seat seats  Votes
Conservatives 34,244 331 11,334,764
Labour 40,290 232 9,347,280
Ukip 3,881,129 1 3,881,129
Lib Dem 301,986 8 2,415,888
SNP 25,972 56 1,454,432
Green 1,157,613 1 1,157,613
DUP 23,032 8 184,256
Plaid Cymru 60,564 3 181,692
Sinn Ffein 44,058 4 176,232
UUP 57,467 2 114,934
SDLP 33,269 3 99,807

 

 

One Response

  1. The announcement of the Thanet parliamentary election result was delayed because 2 ballot boxes ‘disappeared’ for 6 hours….. Hmmmm.

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