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June 3, 2013 / C H Thompson

Patterns of voting – an overview continued (2)

In 1997 the Labour Party returned to power with a large majority – the British Electoral Study explained how.

Below is an brief overview of their findings. Alternatively you can read their publication.

  • Labour took advantage of the unpopularity of the Conservative Party
  • Tony Blair had moved the Labour Party ideologically to the centre-ground while the Conservatives remained right-wing
  • Class based voting had declined, especially as voters were becoming electoral ‘consumers’ and choosing more on issues/policy than ideology
  • Also ethnic minorities were attracted to Labour as were female voters (feminist movement leans to the left)

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