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The 2015 general election – A system in crisis

It’s official: this election was the most disproportionate in UK history. We’ve just released our new report on the May 7th General Election, A Voting System in Crisis. And it makes for worrying reading for fans of...

Posted 01 Jun 2015

The Lottery Election

639 Votes Are All That Would Be Needed to Change the Result of the 2015 election The 2015 election was won by only six seats. If six constituencies had voted differently then Britain would have...

Posted 20 May 2015

Ballot Papers

Kicking the bastards out

We hear time and again of the way First Past the Post lets voters ‘kick the bastards out’ – a colourful reference to the perceived ease with which voters can turf out one government and neatly replace it...

Posted 31 Aug 2010

Since 1885, only once has a majority government of one party cleanly replaced a majority of the other

The 2005 General Election – Worst Election Ever?

The results of the 2005 general election are an indictment of the First Past the Post system – the Labour Party won an overall majority of 66 seats (55.1%) on only 35.2% of the vote....

Posted 06 May 2005

2005 General Election