Adversity (aka first past the post) makes for strange bedfellows

Nige 4 Natalie – True (image source)

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has hinted her party could work with UKIP to secure meaningful electoral reform after Britain’s first past the post (FPTP) voting system delivered results unrepresentative of the parties’ genuine support.

Bennett, who lost out on a seat in last Thursday’s general election, told reporters she would be “happy” to work with UKIP after both parties won only one seat each, despite having proportionally much higher levels of support.

The Greens received 1.1 million votes and UKIP nearly four million, but only won one seat each. The results have triggered a call for the FPTP system, which handed the Scottish National Party (SNP) an impressive 56 seats despite only gaining 1.4 million votes, to be reformed in favor of a more representative voting system.

When asked if her party would collaborate with UKIP for a change in the system, Bennett said: “Lots of people who were in seats where they have never thought about electoral reform before are looking at their MP or local council and are saying ‘How did we end up with that? That’s not what we wanted.’”

“So I think we will see a grassroots campaign and we will be supporting that and very happy to join with anyone else who supports that, working on an issue by issue basis as the Green Party has always done.”

Bennett came third in her constituency of Holborn and St Pancras, but has ruled out stepping down as leader, saying that being able to lead the party without the confines of a Westminster role was liberating.

Wonder if the Lib Dems and Scottish Labour will join inans make it a 4-in-a-bed session.

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