Animal Welfare Party (UK) happy with election results
On 8 June, the British Animal Welfare Party (AWP) entered the 2017 General Election. Despite having gained no seats, the party was still happy with the results given the political situation in the United Kingdom. AWP made the strategic choice to participate in four constituencies: Maidenhead, Hackney South and Shoreditch, Hackney North and Stoke Newington, and Lewisham Deptford. The results have shown an increase in the number of votes in comparison to the previous election in 2015.
After the election, party leader Vanessa Hudson stated: “We are delighted with the results, given the nature of the election and the squeeze felt by most small parties – a squeeze not felt by AWP. Huge huge huge thanks to all who voted for AWP, our members and supporters!”
AWP at polling station
Britain’s old-fashioned electoral system makes it virtually impossible for new and small parties to gain a seat in the House of Commons. There are 650 constituencies in the United Kingdom, each electing a single Member of Parliament. Only the winner of a constituency, the one with the most votes, counts. As new and small parties are often not the largest parties, despite getting many votes, they do not gain any seats in the House of Commons. This way, many votes are lost and voters have less incentive to vote for small parties. In addition, this General Election has been dominated by the battle between Prime Minister Theresa May and her Conservative Party on the one hand, and Jeremy Corbyn and his Labour Party on the other. This has made it even harder for the Animal Welfare Party to gain seats in the House of Commons.