Local MP's Seat 'to Become Ultra Marginal' Under AV System

Justine Greening could be unsafe after referendum says think tank

New research has revealed that the seats of two of our local MPs – Justine Greening (Conservative) and Sadiq Khan (Labour) – would be more likely to change hands under the alternative vote (av) system.

The New Economics Foundation think tank has identified ten seats is London that would be affected if the country votes yes to the av system on May 5th.

Justine Greening, Conservative Economic Secretary to The Treasury and MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields, would have her seat reclassified from ‘marginal’ to ‘ultra marginal’. This is despite the fact that Ms Greening has a majority of 10,053.

According to the think tank Sadiq Khan, Labour MP for Tooting and Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, who has a majority of 2,524, would move from being ‘fairly safe’ to ‘marginal’.

In the May 5th referendum, voters will be ask to choose between the current first-past-the-post system in which one candidate is chosen, or whether they want to switch to the alternative vote system in which candidates are ranked in order of preference.

April 7th, 2011