This is what the final electoral maths looks like in Camden:
|Percentage of votes||No of seats||Percentage of seats||Votes per Councillor|
This means that it took just 2774 votes to elect a Labour councillor, 5576 votes to elect a Lib-dem, 6549 to elect a Conservative and 27, 372 votes to elect a Green councillor.
And many people would have voted Green if their vote would have made a difference: in the European elections where we have a fairer system, the vote in Camden was…
Labour – 23.65%
Cons – 22.05%
Lib-dems – 21.59%
Labour’s majority in the council of 17 over the next largest party bears little relation to the percentage of votes it received – only about 33% of the votes cast.
Yet in Camden, one of Labour’s first steps since taking power has been to strengthen its hold on it.
Both the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor, the most visible face of the Council, will now be Labour. There are no plans at the moment to continue to have a cross-party Sustainable Taskforce (as set up by the Lib-dem/Cons administration). The Scrutiny Committees will all (except for Health where Labour generously gave one of their seats to the Greens) have an inbuilt Labour majority.
So one of the things, Camden Green Party needs to continue to highlight is the unfairness of the electoral system.