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Voting behaviour in Britain
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This chapter explains that voting behaviour is closely connected to many aspects of society. It discusses the existing British electoral system and the reforms undertaken so far such as pertaining to supplementary vote and single transferable vote. Mandate is the authority governments feel they have once their manifesto has been endorsed by electoral victory. People tended to vote for the social group to which they felt they belonged. Working people felt Labour was 'their' party, just as the middle classes felt the Conservatives represented their interests best. Voter turn-out in the general elections has declined after he 1950s. The chapter also highlights the other factors influencing the voting pattern such as religion, gender, and ethnicity, and analyses the May 2005 general elections for determining the voting behaviour.

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