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Safe seats

In safe seats odds are firmly stacked against any voters looking for change.

Safe seats are the 21st Century's rotten boroughs. The average consituency last changed hands between parties in the 1960s, with some super safe seats having remained firmly in one-party control since the time of Queen Victoria.

Mapping Britains safe seats



1830-2010: When seats last changed hands






Safe seats in 2010

In the 2010 General election we were able to call the winners in nearly 400 of Britain’s safe seats. Out of a list of 382 MPs we got two wrong. 

2010 was a tale of two elections – and two electorates. One that mattered, and one that didn’t. And for the majority of us the election was over on day one of the campaign.





 





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