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

Usually, only those who voted are shown:

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

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:

- even the two main parties only have minority support,

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


2010 General election

Image alt text: UK 2010 General election results, as percentage of registered voters. 34% did not vote. The Conservatives won with the support of just 24% of registered voters. 19% voted Labour, 15% voted Lib Dem and 8% voted for the smaller parties.

 
A 2010 Ipsos Mori survey found that while a quarter of those over 65 didn't vote, over half of the 18-24s didn't vote.  It also showed that turnout to vote correlated with every social indicator: higher among older, white, property-owning people in the professional classes.  Evidently, UK politics is failing to address the hopes of the young, and of those who benefit least from our society and economy.


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.  A government knows it doesn't need to listen to those 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.  There is no better way to demonstrate the lack of support for the elected government, and the positive demand for something better.

Make UK elections 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.