Click on the link below to open up the interactive map showing Council Wards based on political party for elections in 2013 and by-elections since that date.
Use the + and – symbols in the bottom left of the map to zoom in and out of the map. Then find and click the Ward you live in to come up with a breakdown of votes for your Ward.
Click on other areas to see how votes are distributed; the more candidates standing, the more likely the vote is split. Quite often, a candidate is based on a minority of votes – most voters did not vote for that candidate! A split vote gives rise to unexpected and unwanted results. This is because our current voting system -The First Past The Post or FPTP as it is called – no longer copes with an increasingly plural politics with ever more candidates and parties seeking to stand at both Council and General Elections over the past 30 years. We urgently need electoral reform and the introduction of Proportional Representation!
At the bottom of the pop up info box you may see some notes for those Wards with a small win margin. You can also click a link to check how many candidates are standing in your Ward. As a general rule, the more candidates standing, the more likely the progressive vote is split, allowing a Tory (or UKIP) to win.