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The hypocrisy of some Tories over AV.

Posted by Jason O on Dec 10, 2010 in British Politics |

Below are the results of  every Tory leadership election from 1997. If they had been held under First Past the Post (FPTP), the result in every case would have been different. So why are they not held under FPTP? Is it because Tory MPs insist upon having a leader that speaks for at least half of them?  That’s fair enough, yet those same people are, for the most part, campaigning against British voters having the right to vote in the same manner. Why? 

First Ballot: 4 May 1997
Candidate Votes %
  Kenneth Clarke 49 29.9
  William Hague 41 25.0
  John Redwood 27 16.5
  Peter Lilley 24 14.6
  Michael Howard 23 14.0
Turnout 164 100
 

First Ballot: 8 June 2001
Candidate Votes %
  Michael Portillo 49 29.5
  Iain Duncan Smith 39 23.5
  Kenneth Clarke 36 21.6
  Michael Ancram 21 12.7
  David Davis 21 12.7
Turnout 166 100%
First Ballot: 18 October 2005
Candidate Votes %
  David Davis 62 31.3
  David Cameron 56 28.3
  Liam Fox 42 21.2
  Kenneth Clarke 38 19.2
Turnout 198 100
 

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