The 2019 British Election Battleground

10 Dec

Over the last couple of weeks I have posted a number of pieces looking at the battleground seats that will decide the election result across all nine English regions as well as Scotland and Wales. I’ve noted what percentage of voters in each battleground seat voted Leave at the 2016 referendum, as well as highlighting […]

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The 2019 Election Battleground: Wales

9 Dec

Overview There are 40 seats in Wales which, lest we forget, voted overall in favour of Leaving the EU at the 2016 referendum, despite the Welsh political establishment having rowed in en masse behind the Remain campaign. 11 seats were judged to have voted Remain while voters in 29 seats backed Brexit. Yet – like […]

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The 2019 Election Battleground: Scotland

8 Dec

Overview There are 59 seats in Scotland which, as SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon never tires of reminding us, voted Remain at the 2016 EU referendum. However, she is less likely to point out that more people actually voted Leave in Scotland (1,018,322) than voted SNP at the subsequent general election in 2017 (977,568). And another […]

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The 2019 Election Battleground: Yorkshire and the Humber

6 Dec

Overview Covers 54 seats across North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and the confusing amalgam of East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire formerly known as Humberside. Labour traditionally dominate the electoral landscape, especially in the former mining and industrial heartland of South Yorkshire and urban seats around Leeds, Bradford and Hull – although some of these […]

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The 2019 Election Battleground: West Midlands

5 Dec

Overview Covers the conurbation centred on Birmingham, Coventry and the Black Country, along with the counties of Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. This is the region that voted most heavily for Brexit in 2016, with only six of the 59 constituencies judged to have voted Remain – four Birmingham seats and two in leafier […]

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The 2019 Election Battleground: South West

4 Dec

Overview Covers 55 constituencies stretching from Cornwall in the far south west all the way up to Gloucestershire, taking in Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and the patch of Greater Bristol formerly known as Avon. For most of the last few decades, this has been the site of battles between the Lib Dems and Tories, although […]

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The 2019 Election Battleground: South East

3 Dec

Overview Covers 84 constituencies across Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and the Isle of Wight. In parliamentary terms, this is the Conservative Party’s strongest region, although at the EU referendum it voted almost exactly in line with the national picture in terms of the Leave:Remain split. 37 seats voted Remain while 47 backed […]

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The 2019 Election Battleground: North West

2 Dec

Overview Covers 75 parliamentary seats in a region that stretches from the northernmost tip of Cumbria at the border with Scotland down to the south of Cheshire, taking in Lancashire and the urban population centres of Merseyside and Greater Manchester. While the cities of Liverpool and Manchester have for decades been Labour strongholds, this region […]

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