How to vote tactically in the 2017 general election
- Open Britain, a pro-Remain tactical alliance, has created this tactical voting guide for people who want to maximise the anti-Brexit vote.
- There are dozens of marginal constituencies where, if you vote for the “wrong” party, you are essentially helping the Conservatives.
LONDON — Some Labour supporters and three of its MPs have called for the party to not stand candidates in two constituencies where the Green Party has a better chance of winning in order to reduce the size of the victory that Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to win in the June 8 general election. Labour has rejected the proposal.
It is another indication that underneath the tide — currently flowing in the Conservatives’ direction — there are some interesting cross-currents. The Tories seem to be stealing votes from Labour, which is unusual. The UKIP threat appears to have been neutralised by May. And with the Labour Party trailing badly in the polls there is some evidence of a rebound for the Liberal Democrat party.
That might be in part because of tactical voters.
Early numbers from Business Insider’s online reader poll show 68% of you intend to vote tactically in your area in the general election. (That seems high but … it’s still interesting.) An earlier reader poll, with more than 13,000 votes cast at the time of writing, shows the Lib Dems running first or second with more than a third of the vote. These are not representative polls and that result would be unlikely in real life. But it does suggest that some of you are switching your allegiances given the unusual circumstances of the snap summer election.
So, if you don’t want to vote Conservative this time around, here is what you need to know:
In dozens of marginal constituencies — such as Twickenham, Richmond Park, Bath and Berwick Upon Tweed — Lib Dem candidates have the best chance of defeating a Tory candidate. A vote for Labour might actually help the Conservatives in those areas. Similarly, there’s Brighton, currently held by Green MP Caroline Lucas. That’s another case where voting Labour is in effect a vote for the government.
The Green Party has offered a “progressive” tactical alliance with the other parties in order to maximise the anti-Tory vote and keep May’s expected majority to a minimum. Labour turned down that offer. And there is also the pro-Remain tactical alliance, as urged by Open Britain, which has this tactical voting guide for people who want to maximise the anti-Brexit vote. (It has a list of candidates and constituency voting records to help you.)
But the most useful tool on the web so far is the Tactical2017.com web site.
All you do is find your constituency, and it tells who you need to vote for in order to minimise the number of seats the Conservatives are likely to win, and why.
Re-posted from uk.businessinsider.com