UK FPP Electoral System Unfair
The First Past the Post (FPP) electoral system used in the UK is patently unfair and produced the following results:
- The Conservative party are currently able to govern outright after 63.1% of the voters did not vote for them and they won almost 100 more seats than they would have done under a proportional system.
- The Labour Party won over 30 more seats than they would have under a proportional system but they would have been much closer to the Conservatives than they currently are.
- The UK Independence Party was particularly badly treated by the FPP system. Despite achieving 12.7% of the national vote (and 1/3 of the Conservative vote) they only got one seat. Under a proportional system they would have had 83 MPs.
- The Scottish National Party did better than any other party by getting 56 MPs with only 1/3 of the UKIP vote. The SNP ended up with the third largest number of MPs in parliament when their voting percentage placed them fifth.
- The Liberal Democrats proportionally deserved 51 MPs, but only got 8 under FPP. This was a cruel result for them.
- The Greens had over one million voters (3.8%), had only 1% less support than the SNP, yet won only one seat. They should have had 25.
- The Democratic Unionist Party somehow won 8 seats (the same as the Lib Dems) with only 0.06% of the vote, making them the fourth most powerful party.
- 21 MPs made it into the UK Parliament from parties that did not achieve 1% of the vote.
The Economist has a calculator that shows the disproportionate results of the 2015 election and the four elections before. The Lib Dems were particularly robbed of representation in the 2010 election when they proportionally deserved almost 150 MPs (at 23% of the vote) but only got 57. Labour achieved an incredible domination of the UK Parliament in 2001 when they received 40% of the vote but won 63% of the MPs.
The United Kingdom has five more years of a Conservative government that 2/3 of voters didn't want, what a crazy state of affairs!