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Do you live in a marginal constituency?

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JanH Mon 02-May-05 19:48:49

Only there was a very very scary statistic quoted on Any Questions on Saturday - in the 1992 election, the 11 seats which swung it for the Tories' tiny majority over Labour were decided by a total of 1200 votes.

Sort of makes you feel that the rest of us might as well not have bothered turning out but still, if your vote matters, use it anyway but use it wisely!!!

Labour vulnerable and targets
Tory targets
Lib Dem targets

(We have 4 boring candidates and the Tory always wins so I am seeking a bit of vicarious power )

giraffeski Mon 02-May-05 19:53:12

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JanH Mon 02-May-05 20:00:14

Which double act is that, giraffe dear? (You're not in the same patch as me, are you?)(Or are you? <<looks anxiously over shoulder>>)

giraffeski Mon 02-May-05 20:20:04

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JanH Mon 02-May-05 20:26:50

Nope, afraid not (it would make life more interesting!) - I'm the other side of Mancs.

She seems like an awful woman - don't know much about him - are they both supposed to win again?

giraffeski Mon 02-May-05 20:30:17

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CountessDracula Mon 02-May-05 20:33:15

yes ours is lib dem with a danger of becoming tory eeeeek!!!

LGJ Mon 02-May-05 20:36:40

Mine is outgoing Tory and a LD who last time out only missed it by 861 votes, Ye haw bring it on..............

Heathcliffscathy Mon 02-May-05 20:39:18

tactical voting sucks. sorry. vote with your heart. and is your heart happy voting for a virtual war criminal? mine isn't. sorry.

LGJ Mon 02-May-05 20:40:11

Sorry Sophable


Can you be more specific ???

LGJ Mon 02-May-05 20:41:06

Oh do you mean Tony Bliar ???

morningpaper Mon 02-May-05 20:41:06

Sophable: So you're saying we shouldn't vote for the Labour OR the Tories?

You are starting to sound like you might have a small child called Donald tucked under your arm...?

JanH Mon 02-May-05 20:43:55

lol, mp (I was thinking about ducks for a minute there???)

ponygirl Mon 02-May-05 20:45:10

I'm in a marginal: Tory target number 32, and he'll probably win. The number of blue placards in the hedgerows is seriously winding me up. Apparently the Tories drew the boundary of this constituency in the eighties specifically to make sure they kept it, which just tells you how bad things were for them in 2001 when they lost it to the Lib Dems. Must say, the prospect of the new Tory isn't appealing: he appears to have no connections to the area, but just wants to feed off his son's fame and take up politics in his retirement. Aaaargh!

JanH Mon 02-May-05 20:48:07

Oh, you have Stanley?

JanH Mon 02-May-05 20:49:46

sophable, did you read this bit : "in the 1992 election, the 11 seats which swung it for the Tories' tiny majority over Labour were decided by a total of 1200 votes"?

Under the present system, tactical voting doesn't suck, it's essential.

ponygirl Mon 02-May-05 20:50:12

Yup! Father and son played a squash match locally as a publicity stunt the other week and the description of matching blond heads and cries of "gosh" and "blimey" made me want to heave!

bubble99 Mon 02-May-05 20:52:29

We're in the same constituency as her with the fangs.Lib Dem and Tories neck and neck.

JanH Mon 02-May-05 20:53:36

The notion of anybody "taking up politics in their retirement" would be hilarious if it weren't so scary (in this instance)! Somebody get that man a subscription to Saga magazine and some bowls lessons.

JanH Mon 02-May-05 20:54:25

Her with the fangs, bubble?

morningpaper Mon 02-May-05 20:58:32

lol @ ponygirl's squash game

ponygirl Mon 02-May-05 21:01:05

mp -
bubble99 - lol @ the fangs/neck and neck!

JanH Mon 02-May-05 21:02:54

Ohhh, CD! Sorry - thought you meant an MP!

zebraX Mon 02-May-05 21:04:31

We are number 6 on the Tory's hitlist.

JanH Mon 02-May-05 21:05:57

Do you have a vote, zebra?

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