Electoral Reform Society notice, 29/05/2015 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Monday 1st June, 08:00
The report is now LIVE and available here.
Contact: Josiah Mortimer, firstname.lastname@example.org - 07454 397 816 / 020 3714 4079
Definitive report on May 7th highlights least proportional result in UK electoral history
Exclusive YouGov study for the ERS will show results under fairer voting systems
First Past the Post is ‘breaking up Britain’ by creating artificial divisions, analysis shows
The failure of Britain’s voting system will be laid bare on Monday, when the Electoral Reform Society will release their definitive report on the General Election.
The report, titled ‘The 2015 General Election: A Voting System in Crisis’, will reveal how this election was the most disproportionate in British electoral history, according to new analysis.
50% of votes in the election (22m) went to losing candidates, while 74% of votes (15m) were ‘wasted’ 
2.8m voters were likely to have voted ‘tactically’ – over 9% of voters 
Under a more proportional voting system – the Single Transferable Vote – the Conservatives would have won 276 seats to Labour’s 236, while the SNP would have secured 34, UKIP 54 and the Lib Dems 26. The Greens would have won two more seats – in Bristol and London
The ERS was able to call the winner correctly in 363 of 368 seats - a month before polling day - due to the prevalence of ‘safe seats’ under First Past the Post
This election saw an MP win on the lowest vote share in electoral history – 24.5% in South Belfast
331 of 650 MPs were elected on under 50% of the vote, and 191 with less than 30% of the electorate.
The report will, for the first time, conclusively reveal how the 2015 General Election would have looked different under other voting systems - based on polling of over 40,000 people’s  party preferences for the ERS by YouGov.
As well as this exclusive new polling, A Voting System in Crisis argues that the voting system is contributing to the break-up of the UK, artificially inflating divisions and leading to a ‘postcode electoral lottery’ where parties are excluded in one area and over-represented in another . Millions of people’s voices are being excluded simply because of where they live, the report argues.
Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of the ERS, said: “This report shows definitively that our voting system is bust. May 7th was the most disproportionate election in British history – and it’s about time we had a fairer system for electing our MPs.
“That nearly three quarters of votes were wasted this election shows that we have a democratic crisis on our hands, with most people’s votes not counting. We have an archaic and divisive voting system that leaves millions disenfranchised and forces millions more to feel that they have to vote for a ‘lesser evil’ – instead of who they really support. The Greens and UKIP won 5m votes and just two seats between them. This is simply unsustainable – and can only end badly.
“First Past the Post is artificially dividing the UK – giving the SNP nearly all Scottish seats on half the vote, while excluding Labour from the South of England and over-representing them in Wales and under-representing the Conservatives in the North of England and Scotland. At the same time, cross-community parties in Northern Ireland got a tenth of the vote and no seats, yet the DUP received nearly half the seats on just a quarter of the vote. This situation is unsustainable if the Prime Minister truly wants a ‘one nation’ Britain. Our voting system is breaking up Britain.
“The number of votes cast for parties other than the three main parties rose to its highest ever level on May 7th – the dawn of truly multi-party politics, but voters are being held back by an archaic and broken voting system designed for two-party politics.
“This report lays out the problem – and the alternatives. We can’t afford to see a repeat of the 2015 election, with the majority of MPs elected on less than half the vote and a government winning a majority on just over a third of votes. The government now needs to act to ensure people aren’t driven even further from politics. As we’ve shown today, democracy doesn’t have to be like this. It’s time for our voting system to move into the 21stcentury.”
For more information or quotes and to line up interviews, contact Josiah Mortimer on email@example.com, 020 3714 4079 or 07454 397816.
Spokespeople will be available throughout Monday.
 This includes votes over the number needed to elect the MP.
 BMG Research conducted a representative pre-election poll of 1,013 adults.
 The results of the General Election under different voting systems, as modelled based on YouGov research. For more tables and regional breakdowns contact Josiah Mortimer.
 It draws on the fact that the SNP won 95% of Scottish seats on half the vote – leaving unionist sentiment in Scotland almost completely unrepresented, while at the same time the Labour party was locked out of the South of England – winning just 8 seats in the South East and South West despite getting nearly a fifth of the vote. The Conservative Party won 15% of votes in Scotland but only 1 seat for the second election running. Equally, cross-community parties were kept out in Northern Ireland (Alliance received 9% of the vote and no seats), and Labour were greatly overrepresented in Wales. This reflects what the ERS have called a ‘divisive’ voting system.
The report is now available here: http://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/sites/default/files/2015%20General%20Election%20Report%20web.pdf
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