The Tories have quietly released plans to change the voting system for electing mayors and police and crime commissioners (PCCs) – in a way they think will benefit them.
Labour’s Nik Johnson is now the new Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough after winning 51% of the vote in the second round. But under the Tories’ First Past the Post plan, the Tory candidate would have won – despite almost 60% of first preference votes going to someone else.
This will mean more Tory Mayors and PCCs, when the majority don’t want them – many sneaking in on worryingly low vote shares.
It’s all part of the Tories’ Elections (Rigging) Bill, that will demand ID cards people don’t have and hobble the Electoral Commission giving politicians dangerous new powers over our independent elections regulator.