District voters reject alternative vote

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VOTERS in the Lancaster district joined the majority of the country in rejecting the idea of using an Alternative Vote (AV) system to elect MPs at future general elections.

The system, which was backed by deputy prime minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband, involves candidates with the least votes being eliminated and their votes re-distributed until one candidate has more than 50 per cent of the vote.

In the Lancaster district, 13,504 people (32 per cent) voted in favour of AV, with 28,555 (68 per cent) voting against – mirroring the national proportions.

Turnout was 39 per cent.