Last Thursday, ten people stood for election to Elmbridge’s council for Weybridge Riverside ward – representing three parties (there was also one independent). I was the only incumbent. Only three could be elected. The ward did not exist before – replaced Weybridge North and a large part of Weybridge South. The previous councillors for these two wards were was represented in the following way.
The result this year were:
The result was very close. Effectively, compared to last time the Conservative lost a councillor and were very close to losing another. It is often tempting to say that if the independent candidate had not stood the Conservatives would have lost all three councillors but none of us have a window into a voter’s soul.
Our electoral system does not work when there are more than two parties. If the Labour party nationally adopted preference voting – even just for local elections in England (the other parts of Britain already have it) we would probably have a few Labour councillors in Elmbridge and we would be better for it. However, under the current winner takes all system voting Labour around here is a gift to the Conservatives – I that each voter could vote for people they want and not second guess what everyone else might do.