AV: What it means for Hackney South and where Meg Hillier stands

Posted on April 26, 2011

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The voting systems are mathematically complicated and confused further deceptive campaigning and accusations of deceptive campaigning. Fullfact.org has published a page of resources relating the factual arguments around the impact of different voting systems.

The New Economics Foundation (NEF) released a report  this month, entitled The Voter Power Index. The report analyses the distribution of electoral power amongst voters in the UK and how it will change should AV be implemented. NEF is a registered charity and is funded by individual supporters, public finance businesses and international grant-giving bodies.

Its findings state that the Hackney South and Shoreditch constituency would see a rise in ‘voter power’ of 32%, an increase from 0.059 to 0.079.. This figure is based on the security of Hackney South as a labour seat and how previous votes would be calculated differently under AV.

Meg Hillier has stated that she is against the bill that includes the proposed change to the voting system, but without stating a preference for ether FPTP or AV. More recently at an event she claimed to be ambivalent.

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