The Population of the UK, Chapter 5

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Accompanying slides for the book "The Population of the UK" by Danny Dorling, Cartography by Benjamin Hennig, published by Sage (2012)
http://www.uk.sagepub.com/books/Book238949

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The Population of the UK, Chapter 5

  1. 1. http://www.dannydorling.org/books/ukpopulation THE POPULATION The Population of the UK – © 2012 Sasi Research Group, University of Sheffield OF THE UK A different view of life in the United Kingdom by Danny Dorling and Benjamin D. Hennig Chapter 5 POLITICS…COUNTING DEMOCRACY, WASTING VOTES
  2. 2. Conservative and Liberal candidates elected as MPs in Britain, 2010 Data source: Analysis of the 2010 general election results, proportion of Conservative and Liberal candidates per European constituency The Population of the UK – © 2012 Sasi Research Group, University of Sheffield elected to a Westminster constituencyPolitics…counting democracy, wasting votes Figure 5.1
  3. 3. Proportion of electorate voting Conservative or Liberal in Britain, 2010 Data source: Analysis of the 2010 general election results, proportion of Conservative or Liberal votes per European constituency of all The Population of the UK – © 2012 Sasi Research Group, University of Sheffield people eligible to votePolitics…counting democracy, wasting votes Figure 5.2
  4. 4. Conservative vote increase in share of electorate in Britain, 2001-2010 Data source: Analysis of the 2001 and 2010 general election results, per European constituency The Population of the UK – © 2012 Sasi Research Group, University of SheffieldPolitics…counting democracy, wasting votes Figure 5.3
  5. 5. Change in bias towards Labour, 1997-2001 No change is 0 (light blue); a change of 1 implies an extra 1% The Population of the UK – © 2012 Sasi Research Group, University of Sheffield MPs per 1% vote Data source: Analysis of the 1997 and 2001 election resultsPolitics…counting democracy, wasting votes Figure 5.4
  6. 6. Proportion of the electorate abstaining in Britain, 2010 Data source: Analysis of the 2010 general election results, proportion of Westminster electorate not voting per European constituency The Population of the UK – © 2012 Sasi Research Group, University of SheffieldPolitics…counting democracy, wasting votes Figure 5.5
  7. 7. Increase in the electorate abstaining in Britain, 1997-2010 Data source: Analysis of the 1997 and 2010 general election results, rise (and decline) in the proportion of Westminster electorate not voting The Population of the UK – © 2012 Sasi Research Group, University of Sheffield per European constituency between the elections of 1997 and 2010Politics…counting democracy, wasting votes Figure 5.6
  8. 8. The Population of the UK – © 2012 Sasi Research Group, University of Sheffield Voting Labour in 1997 versus low qualifications, 1993-99 Each point is a 1999 European parliamentary constituency in Britain Data source: Analysis of national school league tables for Britain 1993-99; general election data 1997Politics…counting democracy, wasting votes Figure 5.7
  9. 9. MPs in 2001 educated in non-selective state schools Figure relies on data of variable quality Data source: Short bibliographies of MPs and candidates published in various guides to the The Population of the UK – © 2012 Sasi Research Group, University of Sheffield general electionPolitics…counting democracy, wasting votes Figure 5.8
  10. 10. Proportion of the voters not having their wish honoured in 2001 Data source: Analysis of the 2010 general election results, percentage of voters in each area voting for a candidate who did not win a The Population of the UK – © 2012 Sasi Research Group, University of Sheffield seat in that areaPolitics…counting democracy, wasting votes Figure 5.9
  11. 11. Proportion of the voters not having their wish honoured in 2010 Data source: Analysis of the 2010 general election results by European constituency, percentage of voters in each area voting for a The Population of the UK – © 2012 Sasi Research Group, University of Sheffield candidate who did not win a seat in that areaPolitics…counting democracy, wasting votes Figure 5.10
  12. 12. Key Point Summary • There is a very strong geographical pattern to voting in Britain, a clear North-South divide The Population of the UK – © 2012 Sasi Research Group, University of Sheffield • The two main political parties secure far more seats than votes due to the voting system • By 2010 most people who voted in Britain did not get what they voted forPolitics…counting democracy, wasting votes

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