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Started by GyratingTrampoline on May 14, 2019 5:48:46 PM
Is anyone planning to vote for the Women's Equality Party?
Agaliarept - 14 May 2019 17:56:31 (#1 of 26)

I wasn't 'planning' to as this is the first I've heard of them but I might now.

mememe - 14 May 2019 18:00:42 (#2 of 26)

I’m not sure they’re putting up any actual candidates.

wickeltisch - 14 May 2019 18:04:21 (#3 of 26)

How many parties are on the UK ballot paper for the EU election?

There are 40 different parties on the German ballot paper which is about a metre long.

thisonehasalittlehat - 14 May 2019 18:49:59 (#4 of 26)

What's that in yards?

browserbutton - 14 May 2019 18:53:43 (#5 of 26)

Mrsbb supports them, mostly because she was friends at university with Catherine Mayer. Which is fine with me, although I have to avoid mentioning that I HATE smug-o-matic Sandi Toksvig,

Pixiedust - 14 May 2019 18:56:30 (#6 of 26)

I voted for them in my last locals. Not sure they have the profile or pull to bag an MEP, especially not in this borough.

wickeltisch - 14 May 2019 19:00:51 (#7 of 26)

What's that in yards?

More than a yard. If you want exact measurements Google's your friend.

helbel - 14 May 2019 19:01:02 (#8 of 26)

They are standing in London only for the Europeans. So no I won’t be voting for them. However as a member I have donated money to their European election campaign.

The locals recently got them their first councillor.

Ginmonkey - 14 May 2019 19:25:36 (#9 of 26)

I gave their London Mayor candidate my second choice vote. Not sure I'd vote for them in the Euros, don't want tl split the remain vote any further.

Particularly as all the Brexit faced voters will ne voting for Roderick Spode and his RCP gang.

GyratingTrampoline - 14 May 2019 19:29:50 (#10 of 26)

I don't understand this talk of splitting the vote for elections with proportional representation. Ok maybe in terms of kudos accrued to the party with the largest vote share, but in terms of voting blocs etc surely one remain supporting mep is as remainy as another?

moto748 - 14 May 2019 19:38:46 (#11 of 26)

That's how I see it, GT. It seems others disagree, though.

Hilary - 14 May 2019 19:52:29 (#12 of 26)

The voting system is only (roughly) proportional within each EU constituency (eg London, Scotland, South West England etc), and the number of MEPs returned for a constituency can be as low as 3 (eg for NE England). So regional variations in party support as well as rounding can significantly impact the proportionality of the vote across the country as a whole.

So for example in 2014 the LibDems got 7% of the vote and just one MEP, while the Greens got 8% of the vote and 3 MEPs. The largest parties (UKIP, Lab and Con) got between 24% and 27% and 19-24 MEPs each.


mikeshadow - 14 May 2019 20:03:40 (#13 of 26)

The problem with too many Remain parties is that it splits the Remain votes across a number of smaller parties who will have little chance of getting an MEP.

Hilary - 14 May 2019 20:09:54 (#14 of 26)

Exactly. Compare this with the situation with explicitly Leave parties. Polls currently put The Brexit Party on 34% and UKIP on 4%. If that translated into votes cast, the former would likely get close to 30 seats and the latter might well get none at all.

Ginmonkey - 14 May 2019 20:28:37 (#15 of 26)

Yeah I get that. I would like a big number for a remainy party though.

Pixiedust - 14 May 2019 20:30:23 (#16 of 26)

My ward is so Labour that it's a wonder that anyone else got any votes last time.

I'm feeling reckless. (Not like the Tory-UKIP-Tory defector, thoughbut).

mememe - 15 May 2019 19:12:42 (#17 of 26)

I have a feeling the others might get quite a lot of votes this time one way or another.

thisonehasalittlehat - 15 May 2019 21:19:27 (#18 of 26)

You're always othering.

mememe - 15 May 2019 21:21:12 (#19 of 26)

It's the solipsism.

JerkinMcGherkin - 15 May 2019 23:28:19 (#20 of 26)

Is anyone planning to vote for the Women's Equality Party?

Well I'm not.

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