Election votes are wasted in 'dead-cert' Cambridgeshire

CAMBRIDGESHIRE s General Election votes will be the most boring in the country – and voters will be wasting their time. That s according to the Electoral Reform Society, which says that the county s seven election seats are dead certs and beyond content

CAMBRIDGESHIRE's General Election votes will be the most boring in the country - and voters will be wasting their time.

That's according to the Electoral Reform Society, which says that the county's seven election seats are "dead certs" and beyond contention already.

The Electoral Reform Society blamed a "Victorian" system that leaves "most seats as safe as houses."

The society has already published the names all the new residents of Britain's "Safe Parliament" - MPs whose election the society believes is already a foregone conclusion.

The society is campaigning to change the voting system to a single transferable vote (STV) system.

A statement said: "[The society] argues this makes a nonsense of the idea of a 'general' election in which all electors can have their say, and has called for a radical overhaul to our Victorian voting system so that 2010 might prove our last 'broken election'.

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Dr Ken Ritchie, chief executive of the Electoral Reform Society said: "Congratulations to Cambridgeshire's newest MPs after a hard-fought election. Having won the backing of their party members, they can now pack their bags for Westminster.

"If voters in Cambridgeshire want to see an election this year, they have little choice but move.

"Norwich South is nice at this time of year. It might allow residents to join that select club of fewer than one million voters in the UK who know what the party politics is like - living in one of the country's dozen three-way marginals.

"Across the country we're seeing a tale of two elections - and two electorates. One that matters, and one that doesn't. And for over 25 million of us, who just happen to live in safe seats, this contest is already over."

The Electoral Reform Society's predictions show that, of the country's 382 "safe" seats, the Conservatives will win 172 seats (45.03 per cent of the vote), Labour will win 165 seats (43.19 per cent) and the Lib Dems 29 seats (7.59 per cent).

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