Low turnouts in PCC elections should sound the death-knell for Tory plans to put in minimum turnout requirements for trade union ballots

The Police and Crime Commissioner elections in all parts of the country other than London, Scotland and Northern Ireland have seen very low turnouts. Most police force areas have seen turnouts of less than 20%, meaning it is likely the winning candidates got the votes of less than 1 in 10 of the people in their area.

Given this low turnout for these posts created as a gimmick by the Conservative-led government, the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) points out in a press release that it would be hypocritical for the government to bow to the demands of the Tory Right and impose minimum turnout rules for trade union ballots. Conservative candidates elected with the votes of less than 1 in 10 of the whole electorate are in a poor position to lecture unions about strike ballots being “illegitimate” due to low turnout.

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