Current voting system is fair and simple

Our country currently faces many great challenges: addressing the enormous structural deficit left behind by Labour; controlling immigration; and ensuring that those most vulnerable in society are protected during these difficult times, not least among them.

Can we really afford to spend a quarter of a billion pounds of taxpayers’ money bringing in a new voting system? On May 5th voters will face a simple choice: investment into local schools and hospitals, or the implementation of the costly Alternative Vote system. The choice is that simple.

AV is an obscure method; rather than making democracy fairer, it leads to a situation where supporters of extremist parties can have their vote counted five or six times – and potentially decide the outcome.

Whilst there are lots of genuine reforms which would go some way to restoring people’s trust in politics, AV is not one of them.

Our current system is fair and creates strong, decisive governments; it is simple to understand and responsive to the wishes of the electorate.

Scott Benton

Conservative candidate Brighouse ward

Glyndon Court