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So the United Kingdom general election is finally over…almost. With the fact that that Electoral Reform was one of the main policies for Political Parties and voters alike it seemed that adding more MP’s seats would piss more people off. No? Only me? Oh well.

I decided to study the results of the general election and comprise what the House of Commons would be comprised of if the United Kingdom had complete proportional representation for the 649. Please note in the following I have left out of the constituency of Thirsk & Malton due to the untimely and unfortunate death of the UKIP candidate. I think it’s better to not include it than make stupid assumptions about what might happen. Anyway:

Party Seats Prop. Diff.
Conservative 306 236 -70
Labour 258 188 -70
Liberal Democrat 57 149 92
Democratic Unionist Party 8 4 -4
Scottish National Party 6 11 5
Sinn Fein 5 4 -1
Plaid Cymru 3 4 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party 3 2 -1
Green 1 6 5
Alliance Party 1 1 0
UK Independence Party 0 20 20
British National Party 0 12 12
Ulster Conservatives and Unionists – New Force 0 2 2
English Democrats 0 1 1
Respect-Unity Coalition 0 1 1
Traditional Unionist Voice 0 1 1
Christian Party 0 0 0
Independent Community and Health Concern 0 0 0
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 0 0 0
Scottish Socialist Party 0 0 0
Others 1 7 6

 

In case you havent managed to figure out what everything means i’ll explain it to you. Seats mean how many seats the respective parties won in the actual General Election. Prop. means how many seats the party would have won if all the votes were counted as entire proportional representation and Diff. means the difference between them. There is an obvious notable difference that the larger parties would lose a lot of seats to smaller parties. Even more notable the parties that did not gain a seat normally (UKIP, BNP, UCU, EngDem, Respect, TUV) would gain 38 seats, 37 of those seats belong to the far-right-wing parties (all except Respect). Which is enough to make or break a bill in Parliament, though not enough to overthrow a government. Almost dramatically the LibDems would have gained 92 seats from almost nowhere, showing that while they had a stong supporting vote this election, it wasn’t concentrated enough to take a decent amount of seats as they would have predicted. Ultimate proportional representation benefits smaller parties who have no specific concentration for an area and allows both left-wing parties (Independants (possible), Respect, Green, Sinn Fein) and right-wing parties (UKIP, BNP, UCU, EngDem, TUV) to have space in the house of commons. It is also clear to see that due to proportional representation there is still, a hung parliament, but probably not as much as you might think. Thinking about this coalitions wise Lib Dems would have the casting vote as who gets into government.

After seeing this I came to wonder two things. Firstly, does this wildly favour small parties enough that larger parties wont be able to get a say? Secondly, who is actually going to represent who? Since each seat is named after a constinuency, how are MP’s going to be selected this way? So I came up with an inbetween:

Ladies and gentlemen, the regional voting system!

While this is all hypothetical and possibly fantasy it gave me a significant thought, it would still be fair and still keep within the boundaries of the current system, so if there needs to be a re-election we could just use this one! It works by a few simple rules, the entire United Kingdom is split up into its poltical regions: Scotland, Wales, Nortern Ireland, North East England, North West England, Yorkshire and the Humber, West Midlands, East Midlands, South West England, South East England, Greater London, and East England. It’s a proportional representation system within each voters own region. I thought this was a good idea as it prevents ‘contamination’ for parties who don’t attempt to run in most regions, thus giving the non-English parties a fairer say, and a voting system not dominated by the southern population! I then decided that the amount of seats a region gets its based on its population and size, I decided to scrap that idea when the computer chruned out that I should give Greater London 84 seats, so I decided to go with the normal constituency seats, so if this IS ever implemented, it’s easier to represent one constiuency if needs be. So after a couple of hours I managed to get these results, assuming once again these are the exact same votes used (seats are always rounded DOWN to the nearest 1):

South East England (84): Conservative 43, Liberal Democrat 23, Labour 14, UKIP 3, Green 1
Greater London (73): Labour 28, Conservative 26, Liberal Democrat 16, UKIP 1, Green 1, BNP 1
East England (58): Conservative 29, Liberal Democrat 14, Labour 12, UKIP 2, BNP 1
East Midlands (46): Conservative 20, Labour 14, Liberal Democrat 10, UKIP 1, BNP 1
Yorkshire and the Humber (53): Labour 19, Conservative 18, Liberal Democrat 13, BNP 2, UKIP 1
North East England (29): Labour 14, Conservative 7, Liberal Democrat 7, BNP 1
Scotland (59): Labour 26, Scottish National Party 12, Liberal Democrat 11, Conservative 10
Northern Ireland (18): Democratic Unionist Party 5, Sinn Fein 5, SD&L 3, Ulster Conservatives 3, Alliance 1, Other candidates 1
Wales (18):  Labour 7, Conservative 5, Liberal Democrat 4, Plaid Cymru 2
West Midlands (59): Conservative 25, Labour 19, Liberal Democrat 12, UKIP 2, BNP 1
South West England (55): Conservative 25, Liberal Democrat 20, Labour 8, UKIP 2
North West England (75): Labour 31, Conservative 24, Liberal Democrat 17, UKIP 2, BNP 1

So the table would now look like:

Party Seats Prop. Region
Conservative 306 234 232
Labour 258 188 192
Liberal Democrat 57 149 147
Democratic Unionist Party 8 4 5
Scottish National Party 6 11 12
Sinn Fein 5 4 5
Plaid Cymru 3 4 2
Social Democratic & Labour Party 3 2 3
Green 1 6 2
Alliance Party 1 1 1
UK Independence Party 0 20 14
British National Party 0 12 7
Ulster Conservatives and Unionists – New Force 0 2 3
English Democrats 0 1 0
Respect-Unity Coalition 0 1 0
Traditional Unionist Voice 0 1 0
Christian Party 0 0 0
Independent Community and Health Concern 0 0 0
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 0 0 0
Scottish Socialist Party 0 0 0
Others 1 7 1

There isn’t much of a difference between the Regional system and the Ultimate Proportianal Rep system, but sometimes a few votes can still be anough to pass or fail a bill!

Now I am aware that with the regional system I’ve managed to lose 23 seats somewhere.  I don’t know how, and I don’t care because it’s up to you to interpret it, i’ve already done the anylysing and calculating and frankly the less MP’s the better. Either that or you could just give them to Lib Dems as it won’t make much of a difference.

But now I’m going to bed, i’ve been up for two days worrying about this.

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