The results are in for yesterday’s General Election. The Conservative majority was a big surprise but also of note is the fact that UKIP tallied almost 4-million votes whilst only getting a single MP. In contrast, the SNP got less than half the number of votes but have over 50 times the number of MPs.
Equally, the Liberal Democrats who were the biggest losers last night with only 8 MPs left actually got 50% more votes than the SNP, last night’s biggest winners.
This is the First Past The Post System in action.
What would the results have looked like under a Proportional Representation system? That’s a method under which MPs are allocated simply based on how many votes each party gets. Here’s a breakdown…
2015 General Election Votes & Percentage of Popular Vote
Parties’ MPs following the 2015 General Election
This is how many MPs each party actually now has:
Number of votes cast for each MP
How many votes did the parties have to collect for each of their MPs?
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Clearly, UKIP and the Greens are the biggest losers under First Past The Post. Whilst Labour, Conservatives and the SNP fair best.
How many MPs would each party under Proportional Representation?
If MPs were decided purely based on how many votes each party got, this is how many MPs each party would have:
Under PR, no party would be near a majority but UKIP, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens would have far greater representation whilst the SNP would be cut in half.
And finally, all the data in one table:
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