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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.





 





Recent News
27th November 2014
Today’s Smith Commission report will have a huge impact on the democratic landscape of the UK. It gives Scotland a whole range of new powers, as well as paving the way for a real improvement to Scottish democracy: votes at 16 for Holyrood elections.   But it also raises fundamental questions about the future shape of the United […]
21st November 2014
After Clacton, comes Rochester and Strood. At the start of the campaign, the Conservatives felt they stood a good chance of winning this second by-election caused by a Conservative MP defecting to UKIP.   In comparison to Clacton, it should have been a much easier ride. Clacton is the most demographically friendly seat to UKIP […]
17th November 2014
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