The ERS found that 853,000 votes in Wales went to “losing candidates” and 35 of the nation’s 40 MPs (88%) failed to win the support of over half of their constituents – the highest rate in the whole of the UK.Anglesey Labour MP Albert Owen was elected with the smallest winning vote share in Wales (31.1%), and his party won 63% of seats with just 37% of the vote.The ERS is also concerned that “political differences between the regions and nations of the UK have been exaggerated by how votes are translated into seats through the First Past the Post system.”
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Anglesey Labour MP Albert Owen was elected with the smallest winning vote share in Wales (31.1%), and his party won 63% of seats with just 37% of the vote.
Steve Brooks, director of ERS Cymru, said:
“This is the first time we have ever seen four different parties win in the four nations of the UK, with the Conservatives winning in England, the SNP in Scotland, the DUP in Northern Ireland and Labour here in Wales. And yet, as with the winners in the other parts of the UK, the seats Labour won in Wales exaggerated the scale of their win significantly...“This isn’t only a matter of fairness to voters and making their votes count. Our electoral map is deceptive – it looks like there are whole areas of monolithic blocks of Labour red, Conservative blue, or SNP yellow in the UK.
“But as we see in Wales this isn’t actually the case. Votes for different parties aren’t being reflected in seats won.”
Instead of Labour winning 25 seats in Wales, the party would have just 17. The Conservatives would have won 13 instead of 11; Ukip would have won five instead of none; Plaid Cymru would have held steady on three; and the Liberal Democrats would have two MPs instead of one.
So not great news we could se a CON-Ukip coalition. for instance