THE average Halton voter has less influence on the final outcome of the General Election than more than 96% of voters in the country.
The claim comes from the www.voterpower.org.uk website, which uses research by The New Economics Foundation to compile a comparative list of what it calls ‘voter power’.
Voter power is based on the size of a constituency and the probability of it changing hands.
According to the site – which is campaigning for electoral reform – Labour is so entrenched in Halton that a voter has the equivalent not of one vote, but of 0.009 votes.
The site claims the average UK voter has 25 times more voting power than people in Halton.
And it places the borough 625th out of 650 on its list of voter power in the country, with the seat regarded as ‘ultra safe’, a fact borne out by Derek Twigg’s landslide victory, and even the predictions of bookies, who had him down as 1-100 to retain his post.
The group regarded Weaver Vale as ‘fairly safe’, with an individual voter power of 0.222 votes, a claim not borne out by the election which saw the Tories seize power from Labour, although some observers predicted the shift due to boundary changes.