Does 22.6% of the vote give a mandate?
The above is a Tweet from Philip Davies – MP for Shipley where, I believe, PB guest editor, David Herdson is/was chairman of the local Conservative Association.
The Davies point is a fair one but is he consistent? What was his reaction when his Dad, Peter Davies won the 2009 executive mayor race in Doncaster after coming out second in first round votes on just 22.6%.
|Doncaster Mayoral Election 2009||Name||1st Choice Votes||1st choiceÂ %||2nd Choice Votes||Total|
|English Democrats||Peter Davies||16961||22.6||8383||25344|
|Independent||Michael Thomas Maye||17150||22.9||7840||24990|
|Community Group||Stuart Exelby||2152||2.9|
|Independent||Michael James Felse||2051||2.7|
I’ve tried Google but I can find no reference to Mr. Davies in 2009 attacking the electoral system that saw his father win coming in second with barely a fifth of the votes.
Would a bit of consistency add force to to his message?