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Ashcroft’s poll of Lib Dem battleground seats: incumbency is alive and well but 2015 will be a survival election for the party

Tory peer and pollster Lord Ashcroft has published his latest set of constituency findings. He polled some of the key Lib Dem / Tory and Lib Dem / Labour battlegrounds in the summer – he’s now followed that up by looking at a further 22 seats. Of these, 2 are Lib Dem targets, 15 the party is defending against the Tories, and 5 against Labour. You can see the full results here .

Here are the headline findings:

  • Of the 20 Lib Dem-held seats polled, the Lib Dems would retain just 6.
  • The Tories would gain 7 and Labour would gain 4. The other 2 would be a tie (though actually a further 5 are statistical ties within the margin of error).
  • The Lib Dems would win neither of their two targets.
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    Chris Rennard writes… Marking the great Sutton and Cheam by-election victory with Sir Trevor Jones

    Just over forty years ago, the Liberal Party was on 8.5% in the polls. The chair of the London Young Liberals, Graham Tope, was the party’s candidate for the Sutton and Cheam parliamentary by-election. Few people believed that a Liberal win was possible.  We had come third in 1970, some 17,000 votes behind the Conservatives.

    Some people prominent in the national party were dismissive of the ‘community politics’ campaign that was brought to the by-election by a Liverpool Councillor called Trevor Jones.  Possibly the first ‘Focus’ leaflets outside Liverpool were produced for that by-election promoting the local Liberal campaigning led by …

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    • User Avatartonyhill 25th Oct - 6:27pm
      From what I can see there is not a single LibDem candidate in any of next week's by-elections
    • User AvatarHelen Tedcastle 25th Oct - 5:56pm
      Matthew Huntbach Giles Fraser is spot on. Anti-politics protest and nihilist figures like Brand do undermine politics and contribute to a cynicism and lack of...
    • User Avatarmalcolm blount 25th Oct - 5:39pm
      salmond recently referred to "the westminster mess". Why dont we remind him that the major factor in the banking crisis was the collapse of the...
    • User AvatarMartin Land 25th Oct - 5:35pm
      No gains, no losses, no candidates. Head Office must be SO proud.
    • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 25th Oct - 5:25pm
      Helen Tedcastle So I don’t think it is entirely fair to condemn protest movements which are essentially spawned by the failure of political leadership and...
    • User AvatarRichard Dean 25th Oct - 4:58pm
      One of the obvious conclusions is that the approach that Paddy and his friends and the EU was keen to push didn't actually address the...