Elec­toral hand­i­caps

The Sunday Telegraph - - Letters to the editor -

SIR – I am not sure how Dr Peter San­der (Let­ters, Oc­to­ber 1) jus­ti­fies his as­ser­tion that de­mo­graphic changes in par­lia­men­tary con­stituen­cies “have left a bias in Labour’s favour”.

At the June elec­tion, it took 43,122 votes to elect each of the 317 Con­ser­va­tive MPs, but 49,154 to elect each of the 262 Labour MPs.

Had the num­ber of votes needed been equal, at 46,138, then we would now have just 296 Tory MPs but 279 Labour MPs.

The first-past-the-post elec­toral sys­tem re­sults in bi­ases at dif­fer­ent times to­wards each of the two main par­ties.

Pity the Lib­eral Democrats, whose 12 seats re­quired 197,659 votes on av­er­age. On the other hand, the Scot­tish Na­tional Party needed only 27,930 votes for each seat.

Bish­ops Stort­ford, Hert­ford­shire

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