Parties react to West Lindsey saying ‘no’ to AV

Coun Trevor Young.

Coun Trevor Young.

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AS the Coalition marks its one year anniversary of being in government, local councillors have reacted to the district saying ‘no’ in the referendum on the voting system.

Voters were asked on Thursday 5th May to answer the following question: “At present, the UK uses the ‘first past the post’ system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the ‘alternative vote’ system be used instead?”

Nationally, around 68 per cent of voters were against changing to AV.

In West Lindsey, 8,233 said yes to AV, while an overwhelming 22,882 said no.

Liberal Democrat Trevor Young said he was quite disappointed with the result.

“Quite clearly, it would have meant that MPs would have to work a lot harder for the constituencies which they serve,” he said.

“Sadly, we didn’t get that through and I think that if we had, then that would have filtered down to a local council level over the next couple of years and benefitted the public by seeing our councillors working harder.”

He added: “It’s more representative and it isn’t particularly complex or complicated to understand, and I think that if people had a better understanding then we would have seen a significantly different result.”

However, Conservative Coun Burt Keimach disagreed.

“We think that the ‘no’ vote was the right one,” he said.

“AV is a complicated system that a lot of people don’t understand and it was also a very expensive system.”

He continued: “Yes, maybe there is a better way of choosing out MPs but this particular one is not it.”

For more councillor’s reactions and full details on the West Lindsey and Gainsborough Town Council elections, make sure you pick up The Gainsborough Standard, available on Thursday 12th May.

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