To London and the South East and the worst turn out in a pretty dire set of turnouts for a pro-democracy campaign group. Of 2,845 electors, only 480 or 16.9% cast a ballot.
18 candidates stood for 7 places. Quota of 59.25
Chris Carrigan, who also sits on the Council of the Electoral Reform Society was elected first. He tops the first preference polling with 53 a few votes short of the quota but it’s not until round 6 with the exclusion of Kevin McNamara that Carrigan picks up the necessary votes (60) to be elected.
In a curious twist of the Single Transferrable Vote count Carrigan’s surpluses are not distributed immediately and Tom Miller is excluded. Miller’s preferences break heavily towards Finola Kelly and she is elected with 64 votes.
This is the only constituency where the final ordering of candidates didn’t follow their first preference rank.
Carrigan overtaken by Kelly. Susan Murray moves from 6th place in round 1 to 5th place. Andrew Blick falls from 5th on first preferences to 7th.
However, of the 7 top ranked candidates on first preferences none failed to secure election.
Outside of the top seven there were tussles between Tom Miller and Debbie Chay and between Henderson, Colwell and Walsh with priority changing hands between candidates as transfers swung from round to round. Looking at the kinked shape of the graphs I am reminded of the economics lectures on oligopoly. A somewhat unhappy occurance whilst contemplating Unlock Democracy election results.
Elected for London and the South East
In John Stafford I think we see a rare and very welcome Conservative in the ranks of Unlock Democracy officials.