How badly have we been let down by our voting system?

This has been a dramatic election with shocking exit polls, a series of high profile politicians losing their seats and even the resignations of three party leaders. But for me the real story of the election is how badly we have been let down by our voting system.  We did not get what we voted for because our outdated voting system simply cannot cope with the reality of multi party politics.

Seats vs Votes: SNP and UKIP

The SNP got 1.5m votes and 56 MPs. Scotland is now effectively a one party state, while UKIP won nearly 4 m votes and only gained 1 MP

The new Conservative government has a majority of the seats in Parliament with just over a third of the votes. Over 600,000 more people voted Labour in 2015 than in 2010, yet they lost 26 seats.

The result is even more extreme when you look at smaller parties. The SNP got 1.5m votes and 56 MPs. Scotland is now effectively a one party state, while UKIP won nearly 4 m votes and only gained 1 MP.  Regardless of which political party you support, this system does not deliver for voters. We have seen commentators from across the political spectrum calling for change in the last few days, from Lord O'Donnell the former Cabinet Secretary to Daniel Hannan, Conservative MEP and James Forsyth, the Political Editor of the Spectator.

The instability of the system makes it unsustainable. It leaves too many of us in safe seats that don’t change hands for generations and those in marginals forced to choose between voting for who they believe in or keeping out a party they dislike. Is it any wonder that so many people feel alienated from politics when their voices are not being heard? We have to fix our broken electoral system now. As voters we deserve better, we need a fairer, more proportional voting system that means our votes will count. Add your name to our joint petition with the Electoral Reform Society calling on all the party leaders to make voting reform a reality in this Parliament.