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By: John Bartle, Sebastian Dellepiane Avellaneda & James A. Stimson

In: Britain at the Polls 2010

Chapter 6: The Policy Mood and the Moving Centre

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The Policy Mood and the Moving Centre
The policy mood and the moving centre
JohnBartle, Sebastian DellepianeAvellaneda and James A.Stimson
A Matter of Perspective

As the preceding chapters have demonstrated, the 2010 general election was one of the most eventful and dramatic in British electoral history.1 The Labour party's share of the vote declined by some 6.4 points and the Conservative party's share increased by 3.8 points. The resulting 5.1 point swing from Labour to the Conservatives was the second largest since 1945. Britain's ‘first-past-the-post’ electoral system translated this adjustment of electoral support into a dramatic transformation of the electoral map, with large parts of the country turning from Labour red to Conservative blue, though Labour was still able to deny the Tories an overall majority. The Conservatives ...

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