Can the Tories ever rule on their own again?

Can the Tories ever rule on their own again?

CON lead CON seats LAB seats LD seats OTH seats
2.7% 239 326 59 26
0.0% 255 306 61 28
4.1% 282 281 59 28
7.3% 307 258 57 28
11.2% 327 233 62 28

What do these seat projections mean for next time?

The table above features the new commons seat projections for the next election prepared by Professor John Curtice for Friday’s general election post-mortem at the University of Nottingham.

As can be seen the Tories need a vote share lead of 11.2% to achieve a majority while Labour can do it with a margin of just 2.7% for reasons that were discussed here yesterday’.

Assuming that the next election is fought on the same boundaries and the same electoral system as last month then the hung parliament “window” will be wider than ever.

The Tory target for an overall majority is about the same as last time but the margin for Labour has got bigger.

At par the same vote shares for the Tories and Labour gives the former 255 seats while Labour would have 306 – 20 seats short. The Tories need a gap of 4.1% just to ensure that they win more seats.

In reality the hung parliament window is probably wider. For as we saw at the election the incumbency factor, where the current MP is standing again, provides an added cushion – that is unless you are Lembit Opik.

A reason that single party majorities have becomes harder to achieve is that the “big two” aggregate vote share is getting smaller. On May 6th LAB+CON proportion dropped to a new low in modern times – down to fewer than two in three of all votes cast.

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  • Mike Smithson

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