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Interesting map series shows how Britain voted

British elections 2017The United Kingdom went to the polls…again. Following the general election in 2015 and the referendum on the country’s membership in the European Union in 2017, the British electorate had yet another chance to have their say about the country’s future. After the then Prime Minister David Cameron delivered referendum, which he had promised to win the 2015 election, the British electorate voted for leaving the European Union by a small majority of 51.9% that led to Cameron’s resignation.

Theresa May took over leadership of the Conservative party and became Prime Minister in July 2016. After first resisting calls for a general election, she eventually decided otherwise in the expectation of strengthening her conservative majority during the Brexit process. However, the election on June, 8th led to the opposite. The Conservative party lost its majority in parliament with the Labour party making significant gains.

The map series shows the result of the election from three perspectives. The conventional map (left) provides the most common perspective, while the hexagon-map gives a clearer picture of the distribution of parliamentary seats where each seat is represented by a hexagon (middle, changes in constituencies results in some hexagons being split). The gridded population cartogram (right) provides the most accurate depiction of how many people are represented by each party, as it gives each person in the UK an equal amount of space (while constituencies vary sometimes significantly in their population size).

The map series gives the complete picture of the different dimension of this election by highlighting not only geographical variation but also how the vote distribution looks when seen from a perspective of parliamentary seats as well as the representation of people.

The blog was first published on viewsoftheworld using data by the Economist (via Thiemo René Fetzer), the Guardian, and BBC