Image copyright AFP More than a million votes - two-thirds of the total - had "no impact" on the general election result in Wales, the Electoral Reform Society has claimed.The ERS said the first-past-the-post system to elect MPs takes no account of how big their majorities are or how many voted for losing candidates.The society said this meant they were "wasted" votes and the system was "fundamentally broken".The UK government said it had no plans to change the voting system.The Electoral Reform Society (ERS) estimated 1,063,610 votes out of the total of 1,575,814 cast in Wales at the 2017 general election on 8 June were "wasted". Campaigners said the votes were made up of 746,269 votes for losing candidates and 317,341 votes in excess of the number needed to elect the winning candidates.It noted that Labour won 70% of seats with under half the vote, while the Tories gained vote share but lost seats. … [Read more...] about Electoral reform: Million votes ‘wasted in broken system’
Nearly half of all British citizens support an extension of the voting rights of EU nationals in Britain to include a right to vote in general elections after Brexit. The first opinion survey taken since the UK government unveiled the detail of its offer on citizens’ rights to EU nationals shows that three-quarters of the British public support at the very least maintaining their current rights to vote in local elections. Most of the 3 million EU nationals in Britain do not have a right to vote in general elections. The exceptions are citizens of Ireland, Malta and Cyprus. More than 1 million Commonwealth citizens settled in Britain, including those with Indian, Pakistani and Zimbabwean passports, also have a right to vote in general elections alongside British citizens. The findings come in an Opinium survey commissioned by Professor Michael Bruter and Dr Sarah Harrison of the London School of Economics’ electoral psychology initiative. They show that only 10% of the … [Read more...] about Most British citizens say EU nationals should be able to vote in UK
If you are likely to be away for one of the most important General Elections for many years but still want to be part of it and vote - consider applying to vote by post. If you know you are registered to vote, then go online at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote and fill in the postal vote application form. Make sure you complete all sections of the form and supply your date of birth and signature. Return your form to your local electoral registration office. You can find their details at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk. READ MORE: How do I register to vote in the 2017 General Election? You have until 5pm on Tuesday, May 23 to register for a postal vote. Once you have your voting paper, mark your vote on your ballot paper in secret, fill in the postal voting statement, put the ballot and statement in the envelope provided, seal the envelope yourself and post your ballot back as quickly as possible to make sure it's counted. If you're too late to post your ballot … [Read more...] about How do I register for a postal vote in the General Election?
Get daily updates directly to your inbox + SubscribeThank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Calls are being made to a UK minister to 'come clean' about Baglan prison proposals after it was revealed that up to 20 sites in south Wales were offered up. A response to Aberavon AM David Rees's request for information from the Welsh Government has revealed that several other sites were offered up to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) as meeting its criteria, five of which were in Neath Port Talbot, with one in Swansea. According to Mr Rees, the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant, had indicated in his response that three of those 20 sites were selected by the MoJ for further consideration; Baglan Industrial Estate, Felindre Business Park in Swansea and Brocastle in Bridgend . The criteria included specifications such as sites with no clear impediments to achieving planning permission, ground conditions where no abnormal costs … [Read more...] about These are the sites considered for a new Welsh prison
The full list of candidates standing in the General Election in Burton and South Derbyshire has now been released. The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) will not be starting a candidate in either constituency, while both conservative incumbents are standing for re-election. Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party will also be fielding candidates in both seats. The election will be held on Thursday, June 8. Voters have until Monday, May 22 to ensure they are registered to vote. In the 2015 election in South Derbyshire, Marianne Bamkin (Green) won 1,216 votes, Alan Graves (UKIP) won 8,998 votes, Lorraine Johnson (LD) won 1,887 votes, Cheryl Pidgeon (Lab) won 13,595 and Heather Wheeler (Con) won 25,066 votes. In Burton at the last general election, Mike Green (UKIP) won 8,658 votes, Andrew Griffiths (Con) won 24,376, David MacDonald (LD) won 1,232, Sam Patrone (Green) won 1,224 and Jon Wheale (Lab) won 13,484 votes. We have asked all the candidates who are standing to … [Read more...] about Weve spoken to all the candidates for next months election
Two years ago David Cameron swept to a victory which stunned pollsters who had predicted a hung Parliament was the most likely outcome of the 2015 General Election. On that day, May 7, Cornish voters turned to the Tories in their tens of thousands ousting three Liberal Democrat MPs and turning the political map of the county blue. Read more: These candidates want your vote on June 8 By the time the nation votes for a Government again it will have been just over two years - 763 days to be precise - and the social and economic landscape couldn't be more different mainly due to the Brexit vote to leave the EU. Read more: Why Cornwall Live was banned from filming the Prime Minister's visit to a Helston factory The question on everyone's lips is whether one of the shortest Parliaments in history, only beaten by that between the two General Elections in 1974, will mean more seismic upheaval or return a mirror image of 2015. Here's how Cornish constituencies voted in the Brexit referendum The … [Read more...] about Has two years made your change your mind?
The news that paving stone specialist Marshalls has seen record orders for home improvements came on the day that ITV warned of tough times as it grapples with an "uncertain" economic environment. Elland-based Marshalls is seeing none of this and it makes you wonder why. Last week Northern housebuilder Avant Homes identified an interesting new trend: People who voted for Brexit see nothing but good news in the years ahead now that Prime Minster Theresa May has triggered Article 50, kicking off the two-year process to leave the EU. Avant said an excellent trading performance over the past year is expected to result in record revenues, profits and land investment in prime Northern UK locations. The group said it has seen no impact from the Brexit vote or the impending General Election. Chief executive Colin Lewis said: "We've seen nothing whatsoever. People in the North are shrugging off Brexit concerns. We are seeing increasing economic activity. People talking about the North … [Read more...] about Blackfriar: Northern delights for firms who feel no Brexit effects
Prime Minister Theresa May has come out in support of Buckingham MP John Bercow, urging residents to vote for the Speaker in the upcoming General Elections. Mrs May branded Mr Bercow an "energetic ambassador" for Parliament, adding that he was a "devoted and hard-working champion for his constituents". It comes after Lib Dem Sarah Lowes stepped down just days after announcing her candidacy for the seat, causing an outcry among the party's supporters, and independent candidate Scott Raven announced he would be standing last week. The Speaker has to remain politically neutral in Parliament and is not able to vote on matters, except to cast a tie-breaking vote. Mrs May said: "As we deliver what the people of the United Kingdom voted for at the referendum, leave the European Union, and return powers and decision-making to our sovereign Parliament, it is more important than ever that the House of Commons has a redoubtable champion in the chair to oversee its proceedings. "As … [Read more...] about Speaker is an energetic ambassador for Parliament, says PM Theresa May
DESPITE just voting Redditch residents are being urged to do it all over again, in less than a month. This time though it will be to elect an MP to represent Redditch and its people in the House of Commons. Out-going Conservative MP Karen Lumley recently confirmed she would not re-stand due to severe health problems. Candidates that have thrown their hat into the ring, at the time of going to press, include former Redditch councillor Labour's Rebecca Blake, who stood for MP against Karen Lumley in the 2015 General Election. Ms Blake said "I've lived here my whole life and I know the Redditch constituency is still getting a raw deal under this Conservative government and it must not go on. We have seen enough devastation regarding cuts at the Alex. Local schools have suffered wholesale disruption and a lack of support. "Redditch is over-looked time and time again and it needs a strong voice." Peter Jewell was duly elected as the UKIP candidate for Redditch but had to stand down, so the … [Read more...] about General Election 2017: Your Redditch candidates
Get daily updates directly to your inbox + SubscribeThank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email The Tories would need just 8,000 extra votes to win a seat on Tyneside, figures reveal. While in County Durham less than a 10% swing from the Conservatives to Labour would see Bishop Auckland, Sedgefield and Darlington turn blue. A list of 150 'Tory target' seats which the Conservatives could win with a 15% swing of voters or less features eight constituencies in our region. Below, we take a look at what would the Tories would need come the General Election on June 8. Bishop Auckland Bishop Auckland is the most likely to fall under the spell of the Tories as, in 2015, just 3,158 votes separated Labour's Helen Goodman and the Conservative candidate Christopher Adams. Durham Conservative group leader, Coun Richard Bell, said that Bishop Auckland was "all to play for on June 8", though local election results on May 4 showed no real change in voting patterns in … [Read more...] about The North East seats Tories are targeting on June 8
Cleethorpes is known as a bellwether seat - the governments over the last 20 years have all had to win in the resort to get the keys to Downing Street. Parliamentary Correspondent Patrick Daly spoke to those hoping to win the influential seat in the coming snap election. Labour ruled the roost when it came to winning General Elections in Cleethorpes between 1997 and 2005 - but when the country switched back to the Tories, so did the resort. What Theresa May will know is that no Prime Minister has ever entered Downing Street without having the majority of the Cleethorpes' electorate on their side. More news: Huge £500,000 funding boost for Grimsby-area schools Will her candidate Martin Vickers, the Conservative MP for the last seven years, be able to hold onto his majority of almost 8,000? Electoral Calculus, a prediction website run by pollster and mathematician Martin Baxter, predicts Mr Vickers - given the national swing to the Tories and local factors - will be returned … [Read more...] about Which of these challengers will be the next MP for Cleethorpes?
Fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood has lauded the Green Party as the "only opposition" in the lead-up to next month's General Election. Describing the key political parties as largely "the same" when it comes to environmental policies, she said that switching to green energy sources was more important than voting at all. The activist claimed that the nature-conscious group was the best bet for protecting both the natural world and a fair economy. Dame Vivienne, 76, said: "The only way out of this (environmental crisis) is a green economy, and the Greens are the only opposition we've got. Green is the only non-wasted vote." Dame Vivienne accepted the award with Cool Earth at London's Mansion House (UK Community Foundation/PA)"Switching to green energy is much better than voting because, not only does it help the environment, but it sabotages the rotten financial system," she said. "If the NHS switched to green energy that would make it safe for the future because its budget would … [Read more...] about Dame Vivienne Westwood backs Green Party as only opposition in the General Election
The 30 Tory MPs embroiled in the battle bus scandal will learn whether they will be charged with election fraud this week. An investigation by the Electoral Commission found the 30 Conservative politicians had used the battle bus as part of their promotion campaign, but the costs were not declared as local election expenses. Prosecutors are set to make an announcement on files they have received from 15 police forces before Thursday's deadline for candidates to declare whether they will stand in the upcoming election. Lincolnshire Police is among 11 forces which have submitted files to the Crown Prosecution Service after looking into the expenses of Lincoln MP, Karl McCartney - who is one of 30 MPs who had used the battle bus as part of his campaign in the 2015 election. MORE: All major political parties announce candidates for Lincoln in General Election The Mirror is now reporting that prosecutors could be due to make an announcement on the files they have received from 15 police … [Read more...] about Prosecutors to reveal if theyll charge MP with election fraud
Once again the Harrogate Advertiser will be hosting a 'Hustings' in advance of the General Election for all the main candidates in the Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency. The public event will be at the Cedar Court hotel in Harrogate on Tuesday, May 23, from 6pm to 7.30pm. Doors open at 5.30. The event is being staged jointly by the Harrogate Advertiser, the Harrogate District Chamber, and the Federation of Small Businesses. We have teamed up in an effort to reduce the number of debates being held in the shorter time scale leading to the General Election on June 8. Have you registered to vote yet? You need to do so by 11.59pm on Monday May 22. Click here for informationIn previous General Elections, around 250 people have attended the Harrogate Advertiser Hustings, and we hope we might attract a similar number this year. Editor of the Harrogate Advertiser, Jean MacQuarrie said: "It's important for voters to have an opportunity to question the candidates in an open forum, and find … [Read more...] about Election 2017: Chance to quiz the candidates
How can we judge whether Brexit has been worth it by, say, 2020? That has been a question doing the rounds on Twitter. Are there any economic measures we can assess? Growth? Real GDP per head? The number of trade deals signed? The impact on British regions? Perhaps we should simply view outcomes against the declared aims of Vote Leave? One pro-Remain journalist claims we should use Vote Leave's "Take Back Control" slogan as our guide. In a post-Brexit world where we decided to cede control of some regulations within the new free trade agreements we had negotiated, on this reading Brexit should be labelled a failure. This approach misses the point. The reason why so many Remainers are so enthusiastic about these arbitrary short-term metrics, many of which can be affected by a host of other macroeconomic factors, is to prove that it was all a mistake. But how do you quantify rule by parliamentary democracy? Brexit was a constitutional decision to repatriate a range of powers. … [Read more...] about It is up to Britain – not the EU – to decide whether Brexit is a success
A TRANSPORT Minister visited the borough's busiest Tube station to urge people to vote Tory and avoid "a coalition of chaos" at the General Election. Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling came to Gants Hill on Friday (May 5) to give his former colleague and ex-MP for Ilford North Lee Scott support. Mr Scott is trying to reclaim the marginal seat he lost to Labour's Wes Streeting at the 2015 General Elections. Hitting the campaign trail together, Mr Grayling said: "It's clear from the doorstep that people want us to get on with the job of delivering Brexit and they think strong and stable leadership from Theresa May is the best way of doing so. "By supporting Lee Scott they will get an energetic local MP and help prevent a coalition of chaos under Jeremy Corbyn." Mr Scott added: "People tell me they want to rely on an effective, experienced MP who will make their voice heard in the heart of a Government with a strong leader. "The only way of making sure that … [Read more...] about Transport Minister urges Ilford North to vote Tory and avoid coalition of chaos
Elections and polls are a big deal. They are important and they have consequences. Sometimes those consequences are greater than at other times and they are not always foreseen. Ask Arlene Foster, who won all before her in the Assembly election a year ago - only to throw it all away by a mammoth miscalculation eight months later. Ask David Cameron, who gambled everything on calling a referendum on membership of the European Union, only to plunge these islands into probably our greatest crisis since the Second World War. Depending on your point of view, this latest election is a direct result of Cameron's reckless folly or commendable courage. So, in four weeks' time and for the fifth time in two years, we have the opportunity - many would say the privilege given the number of dictatorships in the world - to participate in the democratic process and freely cast our vote in a poll that will affect our lives for good or ill in ways that cannot be foreseen. General Elections in the UK are … [Read more...] about Why we ultimately need more religion in Northern Ireland politics, not less – BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
The fight between Watford's Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko got me thinking about the general election and what the knockout blow may be in that fight. On April 18th, the prime minister decided to do a u-turn on her previous commitments not to hold a general election and called one for Thursday June 8th. The Tories were flying high in the polls, with commentators predicting a landslide for the Conservatives. But, as April has turned into May, it looks like the gap between the two main parties is narrowing - some reporting a 10 point drop for the Tories' support. So, what could be the knockout blow that delivers the election for Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn? General Elections are always exciting! This time, with an unelected leader of one party and a leader who has twice won to lead his, not to mention the traditional issues of the economy, education and the NHS in the mix, it would be naive to say the result is in the bag. The EU referendum split of 52/48% will do strange things … [Read more...] about Gloves are off in General Election campaign – but who will land the knockout blow?
Labour's election candidate in Bristol North West has made a plea for other liberal parties not to stand in order to give him the best chance of toppling the Tory incumbent MP. Darren Jones, Labour's 2015 candidate for the seat, has been selected again to take on Charlotte Leslie MP. In an interview with the Bristol Post , he said he would rather the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party "weren't on the ballot paper" so he could go head-to-head with Ms Leslie and exploit her pro-Brexit stance in a constituency that voted to remain in the European Union. Read More What next for new Metro Mayor Tim Bowles? Promising to run a "shamelessly pro-European campaign" over the next five weeks, Mr Jones said only he could defeat an MP who wants "Brexit-at-any-cost". The ex-Portway School pupil (now Oasis Academy Brightstowe) said it was "above my pay grade" to talk about a formal alliance with the Lib Dems and Greens. But Mr Jones, who grew up in Lawrence Weston, argued that he could have won … [Read more...] about Dont stand against me so I can beat Brexit MP – Labour challenger
UK Prime Minister Theresa May was quick to play down her party's mass advances in the local and metro-mayoral elections across England, Wales and Scotland on Friday 5 May. The Conservative premier, speaking at a factory in west London, instead took aim at "bureaucrats in Europe" as the row between Brussels and British government continues. "This is not about who wins and who loses in the local elections," May said. "It is about continuing to fight for the best Brexit deal for families and businesses across the United Kingdom, to lock in the economic progress we have made and get on with the job of making a success of the years ahead." "Despite the evident will of the British people, we have bureaucrats in Europe who are questioning our resolve to get the right deal. "And the reality is that only a general election vote for the Conservatives in 34 days time will strengthen my hand to get the best deal for Britain from Brexit." The comments come after May claimed that EU officials … [Read more...] about Theresa May plays down Tory local election surge as she attacks EU bureaucrats over Brexit