Changes in Voting System Would Aid Right Wing in Wales; UKIP Chief Demands Electoral Reform after Results Analysis

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Changes in Voting System Would Aid Right Wing in Wales; UKIP Chief Demands Electoral Reform after Results Analysis


Byline: DAVID WILLIAMSON Parliamentary Correspondent david.williamson@trinitymirror.com

A CHANGE to the voting system could have led to a bonanza for parties on the right in Wales, according to an analysis of the votes cast in the recent election.

The Tories would have won 13 seats - not just 11 - and Wales would have five Ukip MPs instead of none if the Single Transferable Vote (STV) was used instead of First Past the Post (FPTP).

The Electoral Reform Society argues this was the "most disproportionate in British electoral history" and Welsh Ukip MEP Nathan Gill, from Llangefni, called for urgent change to the voting system.

UKIP |Nathan The analysis by the ERS suggests that the introduction of STV could have led to Labour winning 17 Welsh seats instead of 25.

Liberal Democrats are strong supporters of STV but the introduction of this system would only have resulted in the party gaining a total of two seats instead of the one it holds today.

Plaid Cymru would have held steady with three seats, and the Greens would have won none.

Voters had the chance to change the electoral system in the 2011 Alternative Vote referendum but chief Gill 67.9% voted No. The study suggests that if AV had been introduced the result in Wales would have been the same as under FPTP.

The researchers also examined what would have happened if Wales had voted using "list PR," a similar system to the one used in European Parliament elections. …

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