1. In six out of 32 London boroughs, the party that won
the most seats had not won the highest share of the
vote. In two of those councils, overall control of the
council went to the second most popular party.
2. In six out of 36 metropolitan boroughs there was
the same ‘wrong winner’ phenomenon.
3. In several local authorities controlled by all the
main parties (Newham for Labour, Eastleigh for
the Liberal Democrats and Bexley for the
Conservatives) the electoral system produced
virtual one-party states despite people having
voted in a much less overwhelming fashion.
4. In several councils, notably Peterborough
(Labour), Cambridge (Conservatives) and
Rotherham (Liberal Democrats), a party had more
than 20 per cent of the votes but failed to win any
seats. Green voters in London were particularly
likely to be deprived of a voice.
5. In some authorities the electoral system failed to
represent the main opposition adequately – in the
borough of Barking & Dagenham, the Conservatives
with 9,315 votes elected one councillor and the BNP
with 8,506 votes elected 12 (subject to resolving a
returning officer error). This can lead to artificial
polarisation of local politics.
6. Some councils see a large number of seats
changing hands on a small change in votes, as in
Richmond and Tamworth.
7. Some ward elections are decided on ridiculously
small shares of those voting – 24.9 per cent of the
vote elected a BNP councillor in Stoke-on-Trent.
8. Both the Conservatives and Labour improved their
gender balance somewhat, although there was only
one council electing this time in which women
9. The Supplementary Vote system for electing
mayors creates confusion, spoiled ballots and
wasted votes on a massive scale.