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Old 30th Apr 2010, 22:10
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Originally Posted by ORAC
The Grauniad deserts Labour for the Lib Dems...
It will be interesting to see if there will be enough 'inertia' to cause a LibDem 'victory'.

For reasons that I don't quite understand, it has been said that the LibDems would get less seats than Labour for the same number of votes . . .

At their first election in 1992, they won 17.8% of the vote and twenty seats. They more than doubled their representation at the 1997 general election, when they gained 46 seats.
At the 2005 general election, the Lib Dems gained their highest share of the vote since the SDP-Liberal Alliance (22.1%), receiving 62 seats. Many had anticipated that this election would be the Lib Dem's breakthrough at Westminster; party activists hoped to better the 25.4% support of the 1983 election, or to reach 100 MPs.
2005 could be considered a wasted opportunity for the party; but much of the apparent lack of success was a result of the Westminster first-past-the-post elections: the party got almost a quarter of the total votes nationally but only one-tenth of the seats in the Commons.
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