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Nicholas Allen and John Bartle

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526133281

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526133281.001.0001

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The Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats

Remaining in the doldrums

(p.58) 3 The Liberal Democrats
None past the post

John Curtice

Manchester University Press

This chapter tells the story of the Liberal Democrats between 2015 and 2017. It begins by describing the party’s disastrous performance in the 2015 general election and their dramatic loss of support from participating in the 2010 coalition government. It examines how the party under its new leader, Tim Farron, sought to capitalise on the 2016 Brexit referendum by making it a platform on which to win over those who had voted Remain. It explains why the party’s strategy failed and why, despite gaining a small number of MPs, the party saw a further decline in its vote share.

Keywords:   Liberal Democrats, Brexit, Tim Farron, Centre ground

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