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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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Why the Conservatives lost their majority – but still won

Why the Conservatives lost their majority – but still won

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(p.160) 8 Why the Conservatives lost their majority – but still won
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None past the post
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John Bartle

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526133281.003.0008

This chapter answers the key question of why the Conservatives lost their majority at the 2017 general election but remained in power under Theresa May. If first describes the election outcome before explaining why a leftwards moving ‘policy mood’ and the government’s record made the Tories more vulnerable than their initial poll lead suggested. It further explains how, in the context of a two-horse race, Labour’s positive campaign contrasted especially favourably with the Conservatives’ own lacklustre efforts. Finally, the electoral system channelled the distribution of votes into a hung parliament in which the Tories fell just short of an overall majority.

Keywords:   2017 general election, Policy mood, Voting behaviour, Austerity, Conservative, Party, Labour Party, First past the post, Party system

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