News / 6 May, 2011

AV referendum: Hackney has highest Yes vote in Britain

A larger proportion of Hackney’s voters have voted ‘yes’ in the referendum on the voting system than in any other local authority

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The referendum on changing the way we vote took place yesterday

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
  • NoopyDoopy

    All three parties supported in Hackney, no?

    Even Andrew Boff – Conservative, supported it.

  • AVsupporter

    @NoopyDoopy not quite- many Labour councillors (including all Hoxton) were against changing to fairer votes, and I don’t think any Tory councillors stated a preference. Glad to see so many people in Hackney supporting the change, let’s hope the next generation feel the same way more widely!

  • pat

    AV, i live in Hoxton and voted no.I vote for the person who turns up at my doorstep not someone in Poole telling me how lucky i am.

  • pat

    AV,one more thing.What I have come to realise is that the Hoxton councillors ARENT just listening to the party whip but to the people in their ward.Do you live in Haggerston?If you do ask one of your councillors what happened to the original residents of Whiston Road?

  • Mark

    I voted in Moulins Road and am tremendously pleased that the vote was lost overall. I toyed between voting against, then deliberately not voting then realising that one had to spoil one’s ballot in order to do that, so I did. This was the referendum to discredit all future referendums – tax payers money was used to support a vote on the stupidest question ever asked in a referendum in the history of our democracy. The inevitability of a no result was so blatantly obvious I’m a bit embarrased by the result in Hackney. Perhaps its the drugs.

  • … yesterday, when I went to vote yes at the polling station set up on my estate, there was a local bobby sat in there, at the end of the table, and I heard him reckoning on there being a 20% turn out.

    It did make me wonder if any of my neighbours might have felt put off from voting, seeing a copper sat there in the polling station. Especially when he is listening to each resident verifying their name and address out loud.

  • Anna Hughes

    @NoopyDoopy and @AVsupporter: there was cross party support from all FOUR parties in Hackney (Labour, Conservative, Lib Dem and Green). Obviously there are people in all parties who didn’t support a Yes vote, but those parties putting their differences aside for a common cause was really refreshing.

  • Matt Woods

    I wouldn’t say all parties in Hackney supported it. My Hackney Conservative colleague Andrew Boff was for it (and actually made a much better argument in favour than any of the official Yes team could manage)

    I voted against and can’t speak for other activists or councillors.

    As for the Hackney Yes figure, I would probably imagine that Hackney’s high proportion of “alternative” and trendy types, as well as a lot of the champagne socialists would be attracted to a faddy new voting system.

  • Sam

    @ Mark and Matt Woods. The drugs? ‘Alternatives’ and trendy types? Champagne socialists? Why the scathing judgements? Is it not possible that people voted for what they actually wanted? It seems that, on this occasion, the ‘no’ voters are the ‘alternatives’. Embrace and enjoy!

  • Doesn’t 34.12% turn-out make Hackney a bit of a let-down/failure for supporters/campaigners of both Yes and No?

  • Louisa

    @Anna – I completely agree!

    @ Dave – turn out across the country was disappointingly low, only 42% for the whole of the UK despite local elections. So Hackney, with a turn out very slightly less than the London average of 35.37%, was no more a failure than most other London boroughs.

  • Philip Glanville

    As a Hoxton Councillor, I can only really speak for myself, but it would be fair to say that we all had our own reasons for supporting No2AV.

    For me, it was after much agonising and after debates with colleagues and friends. While I am pleased with the national result, I also think the London turnout is pretty impressive given it was a stand alone referendum.

    In an odd way, even though the vote didn’t go my way it’s nice to see Hackney residents making their independent mark.

  • The Great Smell Of Brute

    @Matt Woods: “faddy new voting system”? Oh, you mean the tiny proposed reform to our existing 19th Century model of representative democracy!


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