UKIP candidate: A ‘tragedy’ first-past-the-post system has not been reformed

UKIP's parliamentary candidate Andrew Chapman

UKIP's parliamentary candidate Andrew Chapman - Credit: Archant

East Devon’s UKIP parliamentary candidate is calling for electoral reform, as he says the current system is no longer viable.

Speaking before the final results for the constituency were announced, UKIP’s Andrew Chapman said: “One of the tragedies of the coalition government is that it was not foreseen that first-past-the-post was no longer viable.”

Conservative, Hugo Swire, said: “It’s true to say that we do have a different political landscape but there was not much support for reform in Britain.”

He added that it will be interesting to see what UKIP’s roll will be if there is a referendum on membership of the EU – something the Conservatives are promising if they are elected.

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