GCSE Power + Politics: voting and age

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There is an estimated 10 million people in the UK over 65

YouGov has estimated that:

  • for every 10 years older people get, the chance of them voting Tory increases 8%
  • one in five voters aged 65 to 75 vote Labour
  • less than one in 10 over-75s identify as Labour.

Perhaps policies such as universal (everyone over 65) benefits such as the winter fuel bonus, free bus passes and free TV licences have helped secure this vote…

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Highest election turnout this century

Some 66.1% of eligible voters registered their vote, up from 65.1% in 2010, continuing a steady increase from 59.4% in 2001 and 61.4% in 2005, but still some way short of the 71.4% turnout at the 1997 election.

In Scotland, the turnout was 71.1%. – up from 63.8% in 2010.

Two constituencies witnessed turnouts above 80%. Renfrewshire East had 81.1%, narrowly pipped to the top spot by Dunbartonshire East, with 81.9%.

The lowest turnout was in Manchester Central, with only 49.2%, although that was a 5% increase from 2010. Stoke on Trent Central was only slightly higher with 49.9%.

GCSE POWER – democracy in the UK?

Votes-to-seats disparity

The UK’s first-past-the-post system means that the number of votes rarely translates into an equivalent proportion of seats. And that was especially true in this election. The SNP won 56 seats from 1.45 million votes, a share of 4.8%. But by mid-morning on Friday UKIP had won only one seat for their 3.87 million votes, a 12.7% share of the total. The Greens’ 1.15 million votes translated into one seat too, while the Lib Dems won eight seats despite winning nearly 2.4 million votes, a 7.8% share.

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The 2015 has seen a greater sense of representation for women and ethnic minorities

Anne McLaughlin (SNP, Glasgow North East), Tania Mathias (Con, Twickenham), Caroline Lucas (Green, Brighton Pavilion), Bridget Phillipson (Lab, Houghton and Sunderland South)

By late morning on Friday. 153 female MPs had been elected, already more than the 148 women in the last Parliament, which was the previous record. In Scotland, more than a third of MPs from Scotland will be women.

Liz Saville-Roberts was elected as Plaid Cymru’s first female MP, comfortably winning her race by 5,000 votes in Dwyfor Meirionydd, north Wales.

Chuka Umunna (Lab, Streatham), Thangam Debbonaire (Lab, Bristol West), Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh (SNP, Ochil and South Perthshire), Alan Mak (Con, Havant)

This Parliament will feature a record number of non-White MPs, according to British Future. From 27 in the last election, there will now be 41, with the Tories’ 17 moving closer to Labour’s 23.