More votes but fewer seats? Surely you’re joking?

8 Mar 2018

Imagine if at the next General Election one party received the most votes, but another – with fewer votes – returned more MPs.

It sounds wholly unfair, undemocratic and absurd. But that is exactly what could happen.

Electoral Calculus, which regularly projects the results of future elections in the UK, has just projected a ‘wrong winner’ election after analysing the latest polling. It shows that in a fresh election, the Conservatives could win 40.5% of the vote and 297 seats, whereas Labour could win 279 seats on 40.7% of the vote. (Electoral reform Society)

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