The referendum on the alternative vote has received a resounding ‘no’ nationally, but Hackney has bucked the trend, voting 61% in favour of the proposed changes to the parliamentary electoral system.
The ‘yes’ vote beat the ‘no’ vote in only six London boroughs (Camden, Haringey, Islington, Lambeth, Southwark and Hackney), with Hackney’s ‘yes’ total topping the others by a considerable margin.
The next highest ‘yes’ vote in London was in Islington, at 56.92 per cent, followed closely by Haringey at 56.62 per cent.
A total of 30,969 people in Hackney vote ‘yes’, which represents 60.68 per cent, while 20,064 voted ‘no’, or 39.32 per cent. The turnout in Hackney was 34.23 per cent.
The total in Great Britain was 68.31 per cent ‘no’, 31.69 per cent ‘yes’, with Northern Ireland still to declare./ 6 May, 2011