Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Quickie: Labour Split and Official Opposition

The media has been putting forward some question as to who becomes the Official Opposition should Labour split.

Lets take an extreme example. Lets say, first off, that a Labour MP resigns. That makes the math a bit easier.

Next, lets say the party split. Not in half, but three ways. One faction has 77 members, one has 76, and one has 75.

Who is the official opposition?

Very simple.
The one with 77 seats.

The UK uses the same westminster system we do. The largest party that is not the government is the official opposition. If you have one more seat than the official opposition, and your party is not the government; congratulations, you are the new official opposition.

It does not matter if you contested the last election or how many people voted for you. All that matters is how many seats you currently have.

It really is just that simple.

1 comment:

  1. The SNP is trying to argue that after the VONC in Corbyn that he only has 40 MPs backing him and they have 54 MPs backing their leader, and as such, should be the official opposition.

    Assuming they are right (they are not) the problem is the other 170 MPs who opposed corbyn can instantly replace the SNP by picking a leader.