The UK's 'Unheard Third'

A third of registered voters have not voted in recent UK General Elections.

They are the 'Unheard Third' in Britain.

Look at the election results
   (1) as we always see them, and
   (2) as we never see them.

The results we always see

The results are nearly always shown like this:

Image alt text: UK 2015 General election results, as percentage of votes cast for candidates: 36.9% voted Conservative, 30.4% voted Labour, and 32.7% voted for the smaller parties.
Image alt text: UK 2015 General election results, as percentage of parliamentary seats won. 331 elected MPs were Conservative, 232 Labour, 56 SNP, 8 Lib Dem, 3 Plaid Cymru, 1 UKIP, 1 Green, 1 Speaker and 17% for the four Northern Ireland parties.


The results we never see

The results are almost never shown like this:

Image alt text: UK 2015 General election results, as percentage of registered voters.  Silence was the real winner, as 34% did not vote. But the Conservatives won the election with votes with just 24% of registered voters. 20% voted Labour, 8.3% UKIP, 5.2% Lib Dem, 3.1% SNP, 2.5% Green 23% and 2.4% for other smaller parties.  Less than 1%voted None or spoilt their ballots.

By including all registered voters, suddenly it becomes clear that:

- the biggest winner is not-voting, at 34%.

- even the two main parties only have minority support,

- more people didn't vote than supported either of them.


2005 General election

Image alt text: UK 2005 General election results, as percentage of registered voters. 38% did not vote. Labour won with votes from just 22% of registered voters. 20% voted Conservative, and 20% voted for the smaller parties.

 

Back in 2005 38% didn't vote.

It was almost as many as voted for Labour and Conservative combined…!


The scandal of UK politics is that single-party governments are elected by less than a quarter of registered voters.


By seeing the figures, three things become clear:

1.  Too many people are silent.  By not voting we leave other people to choose the government.  Governments know they don't need to listen to people who don't vote.

2.  If some of the non-voters vote… anything becomes possible.  With those votes, independent-minded candidates and the smaller parties can win seats and gain influence.

3.  If the Unheard Third vote NONE… then the protest will be larger than the vote for either of the two main parties.

Make the 2017 election work to improve UK politics.
It's time to be heard.

 
Click to see the real results for some areas of the UK, including where the smaller parties have strong support.


Don't be silent.   Vote for a candidate who you trust to work hard for things you believe in, or vote NONE in protest.