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Re: General Election 2010

I reckon it's tighter than ever. Strong possibility of a hung parliament and it'll be interesting to see how things unfold. Tories have the best chance of an outright win in my opinion though.

Only if the Lib Dem vote holds up ( which it won't)..

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Fingers crossed for a Hung Parliament. All we'd need then is for Clegg to make sure the scrapping of FPTP and the introduction of PR was made an essential part of any deal he struck with the other two parties and I'd be fairly happy.

Mind you if Friday's YouGov poll turned out to be anywhere near correct and Labour are trailing in third and yet would still be the largest party in a hung parliament, I doubt it would survive anyway.

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I would vote Lib Dem but I will be a month too young by the time the election comes around,id urge everyone to vote for them and give someone else other than Labour or the Tories a go,let's face it the two parties have made a right mess off the country and noone else can do much worse.

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I would vote Lib Dem but I will be a month too young by the time the election comes around' date='id urge everyone to vote for them and give someone else other than Labour or the Tories a go,let's face it the two parties have made a right mess off the country and noone else can do much worse.[/quote']

A sympathy vote eh?

This is the first time I can vote but I'm still unsure who I should vote for...

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Well Marge' date=' although i quite like several of the conservatives key policies, for a few weeks iv been thinking lib dem. But aslong as Labour dont win, im happy.

Lib Dems for me

Time for a change.[/quote']

I really don't understand this clamour to back the Lib Dems, as Richard Littlejohn said a short while back, they can sit a promise the world, safe in the knowledge they will never be asked to deliver it !..That said you are quite right when you say it is time for a change, the repugnant Socialists have been a disaster for this country. My only fear is that Dave leans a little to far to the left and will lack the knackers to really get stuck in and instil a bit of back bone into this once great land.

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A sympathy vote eh?

This is the first time I can vote but I'm still unsure who I should vote for...

I would always vote Lib Dem as from what I know off,there the party whos policies make the most sense to me and having worked in my local area they were brilliant who when compared to the Tories who came in did nothing for it,vote for who you want too mate but just read about each of the parties and what they stand for and have a vague idea before you do make the decison.

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I would always vote Lib Dem as from what I know off' date='there the party whos policies make the most sense to me and having worked in my local area they were brilliant who when compared to the Tories who came in did nothing for it,vote for who you want too mate but just read about each of the parties and what they stand for and have a vague idea before you do make the decison.[/quote']

I'm not hugely interested in politics but I still feel I should vote and yeah your right, I should really sit down and take a look at each party's manifesto and what have you.

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Just checked two of tomorrow's papers polls. ComRes for the Mirror/Independent has the Lib Dems in 2nd up 8 points, and ICM for the Telegraph has them 3rd up 7, although the majority of respondents in the latter were surveyed before the leaders debate, so it would be reasonable to suggest the Lib Dems may well have usurped Labour on that one as well.

Fingers crossed it continues.

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Last poll from me, promise, but this ones pretty spectacular. BPIX for the Mail on Sunday (and Sky News) are reporting the Lib Dems up 12 and overtaking the Tories. I know realistically that'll only convert into 80-100 seats if they have a good night, but to be top of any poll from where they were is good going. These debates might just do something for multi-party politics in this country, I really hope the bounce from them lasts.

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Last poll from me' date=' promise, but this ones pretty spectacular. BPIX for the Mail on Sunday (and Sky News) are reporting the Lib Dems up 12 and overtaking the Tories. I know realistically that'll only convert into 80-100 seats if they have a good night, but to be top of any poll from where they were is good going. These debates might just do something for multi-party politics in this country, I really hope the bounce from them lasts.[/quote']

With respect Roko, i feel you need to be very wary of opinion polls, they are notoriously unreliable :)

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With respect Roko' date=' i feel you need to be very wary of opinion polls, they are notoriously unreliable :)[/color']

Oh aye, but they're a barometer of sorts and when every one suggests a pretty significant bounce in Lib Dem support it would be folly to say there's nothing in it. Now whether it lasts beyond this week is another matter altogether.

Their significance is diluted even further because of the FTPT system though, even if the Lib Dems were to maintain around 30% they'd still finish behind a Labour polling in the high 20%s.

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...... when every one suggests a pretty significant bounce in Lib Dem support it would be folly to say there's nothing in it. Now whether it lasts beyond this week is another matter altogether.

Hmm perhaps but that in itself seems to be an historical fact at elections. In my rapidly fading memory massive Lib Dem gains were predicted at every election i can remember ' date=' but as yet have failed to materialise. [/color']

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Hmm perhaps but that in itself seems to be an historical fact at elections. In my rapidly fading memory massive Lib Dem gains were predicted at every election i can remember ' date=' but as yet have failed to materialise. [/color']

I'll have to bow to your experience on that, I can only remember the last one with any detail.

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Lib Dem election performances

Year/Share of votes /Seats/Share of seats

1983- 25.4% / 23 / 3.5%

1987 - 22.6% / 22 / 3.4%

1992 - 17.8% / 20 / 3.1%

1997- 16.7% / 46 / 7.0%

2001- 18.3% / 52 / 7.9%

2005 - 22.1% / 62 / 9.6%

Running the risk of contradicting myself here, a quick search threw this lot up :)

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I think a lot of people are disillusioned by the current government and don't buy Cameron's public school image. I'm at uni and pretty much the whole student population is pro Lib Dem. Given that the student population is the highest it's ever been they could get a lot of young voters. I think they did better out of expenses which is a major issue and could get a lot of votes from people who do just want a change. I doubt very much that they'll get enough votes to swing it their way but a hung parliament could be very interesting.

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I like the fact that Labour 'prioritize' underprivileged children as their motto of 'Education, education, education' is beneficial to many kids around the country. Growing up in East London, there's obviously a vested interest in me voting for the Labour Party as it means more opportunities for young males and females growing up in these parts of the country. But admittedly they did **** up the whole economy and because of them. we are facing a budget deficit.

Last year, David Cameron was coming up with all these crazy policies because he so desperately wanted to gain power (£10 extra for wife and husbands that stay together :rolleyes:), but with the Tories, I feel that it is something that is too good to be true. Cameron is a great speaker, second to none in Britain, but can he really deliver? The Conservatives are located more centrally right in the political spectrum and so they somewhat 'cater' too the upper class and once again a matter of vested interest comes to play (for me anyway)

I saw the general election debate on Thursday and Nick Clegg seemed to be the strongest. Both Tories and Labour do feel that there is a strong chance of a hung parliament and so if you look closely, both were constantly saying things like "I agree with Nick" (Especially Brown)....

If a coalition government is to be formed, I feel that it will be Labour and the Lib Dems as those two parties will have more similar views. I want Labour to win but I think that it's either going to be a Labour/Lib Dem coalition government or a Conservative government... Labour just seem to weak and the people have become fed up.

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