Published: 30th Apr 2021

England is likely to see swathes of ‘one party councils’ emerge next week, election experts have warned.  The Electoral Reform Society (ERS) has warned of the risks of one-party domination under First Past the Post – a voting system that see’s millions of votes systematically ignored across the country. Accrding to the ERS, under the current voting system one party can get near 100% representation with less than half of the votes cast. The ERS says that when councils handle billions in contracts and public services, this poses major risks of dodgy contracts and lobbying going unscrutinised by other parties. Research for the ERS in 2015 found that councils dominated by single parties could be wasting as much as £2.6bn a year through a lack of scrutiny of their procurement processes. The study looked at thousands of public sector contracts and found that one-party dominated councils are around 50% more at risk of corruption than politically competitive councils, paying far over the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)