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None past the postBritain at the polls, 2017$
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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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Squeezing the SNP

Squeezing the SNP

The election in Scotland

(p.100) 5 Squeezing the SNP
None past the post

Robert Johns

Manchester University Press

This chapters examines how the 2017 general election played out in Scotland. It begins by describing the SNP’s rise to dominance in Scottish politics after devolution and the factors that explain its surge. It highlights how the drivers of voting behaviour in devolved and general elections differ, and then goes on to explain why the SNP lost some ground to the other parties in 2017, and why the Scottish Tories came second to the SNP in votes and seats. It argues that the Tories benefited from their status as the principal defender of Scottish Unionism, and Labour benefited from the expectation that the Tories would win a comfortable majority at Westminster.

Keywords:   Scotland, The SNP, Scottish nationalism, Conservative Party, Labour Party

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