No to AV

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WIGAN has given a strong thumbs down to the Alternative Vote.

More than 80,000 people (33.55% of the electorate) turned out for the referendum on whether to change the way MPs are elected. In total, 48,793 (61%) voted not to change the system and 31,201 (39%) voted yes to AV.

The result in Wigan followed the majority of UK voters who decided to keep the current First Past the Post System.

Deputy leader David Molyneux said: “The First Past the Post system is easy to understand, and people have clearly felt AV was more complicated.”

Lib Dem Tyldesley councillor Robert Bleakley, who was in support of AV, said: “Staging the poll at the same time as the elections has meant the message has been muddled.”