HUDDERSFIELD voted two-to-one against changing the electoral system.
Some 85,395 people in Kirklees voted “no” in the alternative vote (AV) referendum with just 42,270 supporting the change.
Returning officer Adrian Lythgo announced the result at Huddersfield Sports Centre at 7.45pm yesterday.
Kirklees Conservative leader Clr Robert Light welcomed the outcome.
“It’s absolutely fantastic that Kirklees has given a resounding ‘no’ and I think AV is dead now,” he said.
“People want a straight-forward system that delivers results. The people of Kirklees believe that he who comes first, wins.
“People don’t want politicians to gerrymander that principle.”
But Clr Kath Pinnock said last night the result was not the end of electoral reform.
The Cleckheaton Lib Dem said: “I’m disappointed that people haven’t voted for a fairer system, but 42,000 people in Kirklees have voted for change – and that’s a lot of people.
“I don’t accept that the chance of electoral reform is gone for a generation.
“I hope people will begin a movement for change and start agitating for a fairer voting system.”
Meanwhile, in Calderdale 41,175 people voted “no” and 18,494 supported the change.
Calder Valley Conservative MP Craig Whittaker said last night: “The facts speak for themselves, 2.6bn people worldwide use first-past-the-post, less than 20m use AV.”