In the West Midlands, Labour has 6 seats more than its 2015 share of the vote warrants!
There were 687,233 wasted Conservative votes in the West Midlands. Every vote for a losing Conservative candidate counted for nothing. Every vote for a winning Conservative MP giving a majority larger than a single vote counted for nothing. These are votes that could be used to support Conservatives elsewhere.
The Electoral Reform Society called the General Election result in 31 of the region’s seats months before the election happened.
The West Midlands abounds with Labour-dominated councils whose Labour leaders are scrutinised by Labour councillors – it’s not good for democracy and it’s not good for taxpayers!
Research conducted by Dr Mihály Fazekas from the University of Cambridge has demonstrated that in councils where more than two-thirds of the councillors are from the same party, regardless of which party, tend to be worse at securing procurement savings than electorally competitive councils.