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Guardian - Owen Jones - Labour shouldn't worry so much about the Lib Dems, they hurt the Tories more

No prime minister has lost a seat as swiftly as Boris Johnson in over a century. In 2017, the Tories won nearly half the vote in Brecon and Radnorshire and secured an 8,000 majority over the Liberal Democrats. To lose just two years later is very bad indeed. Labour slumped badly, leaving the party with a derisory vote share, but this is a seat the party hasn't won since 1974, and in which it came third even in the 1997 landslide.

In any case, whether Labour is polling well or badly nationally, it often performs poorly in byelections which are straight fights between the Lib Dems and Tories. In 2000 - when Tony Blair was enjoying a seemingly never-ending honeymoon - Labour's vote plummeted by 15 points in the Romsey byelection because of tactical voting which enabled the Lib Dems to wrest the seat from the Tories. It feels a bit unseemly to watch Lib Dems - who appealed for the votes of Labour supporters to stop the Tories - now crowing about Labour's collapsed support.

For those who desire a Labour-led government, the result again reopens the debate about the best strategy to deal with the Lib Dems.



keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 at 04:54:51 PM EST
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