Recommended locations to fight Tories: Marginal seats in #GE17

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We've borrowed Campaign Together's lists of priority seats for #GE17. Here are the recommended seats for you to travel to, to get involved fighting Tories where it matters the most.

All anti-Tory campaigning anywhere in the country is good. We're building a mass social movement that will develop over the years ahead (irrespective of the outcome on June 8th), and the Tories' legitimacy depends partly on their national share of the vote.

However, your flyers will have the most impact on the election result if you can distribute them in one of the constituencies listed on this page.

Marginal seats: A very quick explanation

This is because the UK uses the very unfair "First Past The Post" voting system, where the "winner takes all" in each of 650 constituencies electing one MP each. Only "marginal" seats are likely to change hands in #GE17, and thus determine the outcome:

  • The most marginal constituency in the UK is Gower, where the Tory MP's majority over Labour last time was just 27 votes. This means that if just 14 Tory voters had voted Labour, Labour would have won the seat.
  • Christchurch is an example of a very safe Tory constituency, where the Tory MP's majority over the nearest progressive party is more than 24,000 votes. So if we somehow managed to persuade 12,000 Tory voters to switch in Christchurch, the Tories would still win the seat!

So, although it's really unfair, to compete on level terms against the Tories in a 'First Past the Post' system, we need to put far more resources into campaigning in marginal seats like Gower than safe seats like Christchurch.

The BBC's map of marginal seats 

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Click on the image to launch BBC News's full article The seats that could decide the election.

The marginal seats are listed here by English region (in alphabetical order), followed by Scotland and Wales. For the English and Welsh seats, we've left Campaign Together's hyperlinks in, allowing you to volunteer to become a door-knocker in that constituency.

LISTS OF MARGINAL SEATS

East of England

Priority seats that progressive parties need to defend from the Tories

Priority seats that progressive parties have a chance of winning from the Tories

East Midlands

Priority seats that progressive parties need to defend from the Tories

Priority seats that progressive parties have a chance of winning from the Tories

Greater London

Priority seats that progressive parties need to defend from the Tories

Priority seats that progressive parties have a chance of winning from the Tories

North East England

Priority seats that progressive parties need to defend from the Tories

North West England

Priority seats that progressive parties need to defend from the Tories

Priority seats that progressive parties have a chance of winning from the Tories

South East England

Priority seats that progressive parties need to defend from the Tories

Priority seats that progressive parties have a chance of winning from the Tories

South West England

Priority seats that progressive parties need to defend from the Tories

Priority seats that progressive parties have a chance of winning from the Tories

West Midlands

Priority seats that progressive parties need to defend from the Tories

Priority seats that progressive parties have a chance of winning from the Tories

Yorkshire and the Humber

Priority seats that progressive parties need to defend from the Tories

Priority seats that progressive parties have a chance of winning from the Tories

Scotland

Priority seats that progressive parties need to defend from the Tories

  • Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (SNP seat, majority 328 over Tories)

Priority seats that progressive parties have a chance of winning from the Tories

  • Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale (SNP target)

Wales

Priority seats that progressive parties need to defend from the Tories

Priority seats that progressive parties have a chance of winning from the Tories

 

How do I figure out the boundaries of a constituency?

We strongly recommend the Ordnance Survey website www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/election-maps/gb. Type the name of your constituency into the search box and select it, to get a fully zoomable map of the constituency with boundaries.

It is also worth searching in Google for "<name> constituency map" - sometimes you will find a suitable map in the search results.