Electoral system found wanting again

The 2015 parliamentary and district elections in Hertsmere were reported under the headline ‘Tories triumph’ (Borehamwood & Elstree Times, May 15). While it is true that the Tory party won the largest single share of the votes cast, the overall pattern of voting was more complex and revealed once again the distorting effects of an antiquated winner-takes-all electoral system. This system is often referred to as ‘first past the post’, but this term is misleading because unlike a horse race, there is no fixed winning post which has to be passed.

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