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Thread #79934   Message #1454623
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
07-Apr-05 - 02:37 PM
Thread Name: BS: Official UK election thread 2005
Subject: RE: BS: Official UK election thread 2005
One interesting point is that that Micael Howard is in a very precarious position as a candidate. Here are last time's figures:

        Michael Howard   Conservative         20,645         45.0         +6.0         
        Peter Carroll          Liberal Democrat         14,738         32.1         +5.2         
        Albert Catterall Labour                9,260   20.2         -4.7         
        John Baker          UK Independence         1,212         2.6         +1.9         
                Majority         5,907         12.9                 
                Turnout         45,855         64.1         -8.6

In other words, if the people who voted for Labour in Folkestone last time can bring themselves to vote Liberal Democrat - which shouldn't be that hard, given that on a lot of things the Lib Dems are more in tune with Labour traditions and values than New Labour is - Michael Howard won't be moving into Number 10, even if the Tories did pull off a miracle and actually won a majority in the country.