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Gordon Brown and Senior Labour Officials Promote Tactical Voting to Keep Conservatives Out

ElectionOracle / UK General Election May 04, 2010 - 04:31 AM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

ElectionOracle

Senior Labour party officials including Tessa Jowell, Peter Hain and Edd Balls called on Liberal Democrat and Labour voters to vote tactically to keep the Conservatives out.


Gordon Brown Stated : "Look at the Constituency in which you are in and find out that the contest is between Labour and the Conservatives and don't allow a Liberal vote by chance to put a Conservative candidate in."

Tessa Jowell: If you are some body who fears the prospects of a Tory government they the Daily Mirror have told you in certain parts of the country how you can use your vote (referring to the Daily Mirror guide to tactical voting).

Peter Hain: I think it's important for people to act intelligently in this election. It was in the 100 or so Labour-Conservative battlegrounds where it would be decided which party won a majority - and the two parties were "very close together in the number of seats - that is to say the number of MP's in the next Parliament". He urged Lib Dems, Greens and Plaid Cymru supporters to back Labour.

Edd Balls: "I always want the Labour candidate to win, but I recognise there's an issue in places like North Norfolk, where my family live, where (Lib Dem) Norman Lamb is fighting the Tories, who are in second place. And I want to keep the Tories out."

Tactical voting by third parties to keep out the most disliked party out of power which implies an overall boost for Labour as Liberal Democrats in close main party seats vote to keep out Conservative MP's. Reuters in Survey of marginal constituencies over the weekend revealed that only 1 in 10 voters will consider voting tactically, which could influence the outcome of at least 40 seats. Off course not all Liberal Democrats would vote for Labour to keep out a Conservative MP therefore the impact of tactical voting comes down to a constituency by constituency basis.

Source: http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article19165.html

By Nadeem Walayat

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