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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #8)

Wed May 13, 2015, 07:57 AM

10. Just as an example of this...

One of the neighboring constituencies to me is Amber Valley. Labour needed to overturn Tory a majority of 536 and the Tories ended up increasing their majority to 4205. Labour have gone backwards in constituencies they needed to win.

I suspect that the Tories did run a better campaign in the marginal seats. Certainly the Labour campaign in the constituency where I live was lacklustre and the Tories clearly targeted their resources better then they have at previous elections.

And you have to look to the effect of the Lib Dem collapse as well. It contributed to massively increased Labour majorities in seats like Sheffield Central and Chesterfield but it also lead to a number of Tory gains.

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