How many other constituencies were there in 2010 where the Labour vote went up, and the Conservative vote went down?
I make it 17, based on changes in percentage vote share.
Five in England: Dulwich & West Norwood; Hackney S & Shoreditch; Walthamstow; Bradford West; Luton North. The boundary changes in these constituencies were sufficiently minor that the swings are unlikely to be down to inaccurate notional results for 2005.
Twelve in Scotland: Ayrshire Central; Ayrshir N & Arran; Dumfries & Galloway; Dunbartonshire E; Edinburgh N & Leith; Edinburgh S; Glasgow E; Glasgow N; Glasgow S; Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath; Ochil & S Perthshire; Stirling.
For soneone like Starmer it wouldn't be a parachute. Many Labour members would consider him to be a very high calibre candidate with a track record of experience. The sort of person who would add to parliament.
Tbh the term "parachute" is grossly over-used and abused.
Exactly. It is quite ridiculous to think of someone with such a record of achievement as akin to a SPAD just out of university being picked out for a seat by party hacks. There are many people who could make an excellent contribution to Parliament who may have had limited party activity for all sorts of reasons. Like a proper job?
Post by David Boothroyd on Jan 6, 2014 12:42:19 GMT
You might have a case with David Miliband, who was selected for South Shields on Sunday 13 May 2001, after David Clark announced his retirement on 10 May (polling day 7 June), and with no real contest. But Ed Miliband was selected for Doncaster North in March 2005 after a lively contest, against two other shortlisted candidates, before the election had been called but several months after Kevin Hughes had announced his retirement.
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