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Doomed to Defeat? Electoral Support and the Conservative Party

Broughton, David James 2004. Doomed to Defeat? Electoral Support and the Conservative Party. The Political Quarterly 75 (4) , pp. 350-355. 10.1111/j.1467-923X.2004.00633.x

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This article recaps the main trends in public opinion and electoral support for the Conservative party since the last general election in June 2001 by examining the overall polling data relating to party popularity. The article also considers by-elections, local elections and leadership change, as well as the most recent elections in 2004. The various challenges the party faces as it attempts to position itself as a credible alternative government to the Labour party under Tony Blair are considered. Given the clear biases of the electoral system used for the House of Commons, which are certain to benefit Labour substantially even if the Conservatives get close to them in terms of overall vote share, or indeed even overtake them, it still seems unlikely that such success will be sufficient to achieve much more than to reduce Tony Blair's House of Commons majority in 2005.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Uncontrolled Keywords: Conservative party; electoral support; 2004 elections
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISSN: 1467-923X
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 22:07

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