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Wednesday, October 12, 2005
The Tory retreat from Towns and Cities
by Peter

No apologies for this link to a year-old article in the Times.

The interest lies in what has happened in the meantime.

Tony Travers (for it is he)

" highlighted Manchester Withington, a parliamentary seat held by Fred Silvester, the former Tory MP, between 1974 and 1987 under the headline of “not Conservative territory?” He said that the party’s share of the vote had declined from 36 per cent when the seat was lost to Labour in 1987 to less than 8 per cent in this year’s local elections.

"Significantly, the Liberal Democrats had moved to second place in the 2001 general election and this year won almost 50 per cent of the vote in the council poll."

A good call there then! And there is more:

"Other towns where Conservative support has all but been wiped out and the number of councillors now total less than five include Cambridge, Norwich, Durham, Oxford, Reading, York and Rochdale."

The Tories can't say that they weren't warned! Steve Travis looked at what this meant for Liberal Democrats back in August.
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