The Greens and Ukip have formed an unlikely alliance to demand electoral reform after their parties polled almost five million votes between them but won just one seat each. Ukip leader Nigel Farage joined in the criticism, eventually pledging that his party would lead the reform before he discovered this morning that he had failed to oust the Conservatives in the South Thanet seat. He said: “There’ll be lost and lots of Ukip voters out there very angry that they are not going to be represented and I think our system is bust.
“However, we have got a Conservative majority government, by the looks of it, which means not terribly much is going to change.”
Speaking after failing to be elected, he vowed that Ukip would be the party to push for electoral reform. He continued: “I think the time has come for real, genuine, radical, political reform and it is Ukip that will be the party that leads it.”
Re-elected Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and Ukip’s Douglas Carswell both spoke out against the “dysfunctional” first past the post system.