So the results are in fro the UK General Election 2010 and no party has a clear majority. Not only that but the two parties which are generally considered to be left leaning, Labour and Liberal Democrat, cannot combine to form a majority. The pie chart below shows the problems. The number of seats are split straight down the middle with LIB/LAB on one side and CON on the other. In the middle are a handful of tiny parties.
However, what is even more interesting, is to see that the people who are eligible to vote but did not vote are the real majority. These are people could easily have swung the election one way or the other if they’d got off their arses. – Hey ho.
|Democratic Unionist Party||8||168,216|
|Scottish National Party||6||491,386|
|Social Democratic & Labour Party||3||110,970|
|UK Independence Party||0||917,832|
|British National Party||0||563,743|
|Ulster Conservatives and Unionists – New Force||0||102,361|
|Traditional Unionist Voice||0||26,300|
|Independent Community and Health Concern||0||16,150|
|Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition||0||12,275|
|Scottish Socialist Party||0||3,157|
|Eligible to vote but did not||0||16,346,362|
|Total eligible to vote||46,000,000|
Currently the UK uses the First-past-the-post voting system for electing members to the House of Commons. Labour have expressed interest in moving toward a Single Transferable Vote system and the Liberal Democrats want Proportional Representation. Please vote and state which system you would prefer.