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The blind voter

The case for electoral reform is stronger than ever. But it's still hard to see it happening

By David Lipsey   June 2005

The general election result has hugely strengthened the case for electoral reform. Labour won an overall majority of 67 and a majority over the Tories of more than twice that, yet its share of the vote was just 3 per cent more than the Tory share. If the Tories had achieved a further swing of just 2 per cent, they would have won more votes than Labour, but Labour would still have had an overall majority.

Labour has a big majority while having won the votes of 21.6 per cent of the electorate. In less than a decade the proportion…

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