To commemorate 100 days of Conservative government in the UK, here are some fun facts on the British democratic process.
This is the UK population:
This is how many British people were eligible to vote (in millions):
This is how many people were registered to vote:
This is how many people voted:
This is how many British people voted for the Conservative party:
Approximately 33 million people did not or could not vote, 20 million people voted for someone else, and 11 million people voted Conservative.
These votes were translated into this majority government:
These are the House of Commons seats, each seat representing one MP.
On the one hand, this shakes up the legitimacy of “Conservative majority“. Twice as many people voted for someone else, and three times as many people didn’t or were unable to vote.
Less than 2 in every 11 British people voted Conservative.
On the other hand, if the government were chosen by the number of votes (proportional representation) you get these outcomes:
Conservative + UKIP = 49.5%
Labour + Lib Dems + SNP + Green = 46.9%