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  1. Published on: 28/11/2019 10:17 AMReported by: roving-eye
    The brutal truth for Southport: If you want Brexit, vote Tory; if you are Pro-Remain or anti-Boris, vote Labour


    Veteran Southport journalist Martin Hovden writes: Just two weeks to go to the general election and it's time for Southport voters to face the harsh reality of politics.


    There's no easy way to say this, but no matter how passionate and loyal Southport residents are to one particular party, tactical voting (switch your support to another party to gain the result you want) is the only way to support Brexit or to stop it.


    Jus a few weeks ago, Southport was very much a three-horse race between the Tories, Labour and the Liberal Democrats. That has now changed.


    Today's polling results by Yougov in The Times reveal the Tories are on course for a 68 seat majority, while Labour could lose 50 seats. The Lib Dems are predicted to gain just one seat in the whole of the UK (Southport is number 12 on the Lib Dem target list).


    Yougov are one of the few polling organisations to accurately predict the 2017 election result.


    So with the Lib Dems highly unlikely to win in the resort, it's now a straight fight between Tory Damien Moore and Labour's Liz Savage.


    These are the 2017 results in Southport:
    CONSERVATIVE 18,541 (38.66%)
    LABOUR 15,627 (32.59%)
    LIBERAL DEMOCRAT 12,661 (26.40%)
    UKIP 1,127 (2.35%)


    Do the maths. The only way for Tory Damien Moore to be defeated is for Lib Dem supporters to switch to Labour.


    As the campaign has progressed, support has dramatically fallen away from the Lib Dems, especially after leader Jo Swinson was savaged by the audience in last Friday's Question Time on BBC 1. People remember the haste by the Lib Dems to enter a coalition with the Tories and their support for austerity. And of course, their betrayal of students over tuition fees.


    And what convinced me the local Lib Dems are really concerned about their chances on 12 December was the unusual move this week by the town's former MP Lib Dem John Pugh to issue a public statement urging people to vote tactically. He's an intelligent man. He was pleading for votes. Not the sign of a party confident of success.


    Labour still has many huddles to overcome in Southport – the main one being leader Jeremy Corbyn. He's not popular with a large number of people. They fear he will ruin the country with his left-wing economic policies. Others praise him for his compassion and support for ordinary workers and their families.


    But many also say the alternative – Boris Johnson – is far worse.


    This is definitely going to be a “hold-your-nose” election in Southport with people voting for a party they don't usually support, but they do so for the greater good.


    I've lost count of the number of people – both young and old - who tell me they've never voted Tory in their life, but they want Brexit and they want the EU referendum result carried out. So they are going to vote tactically.


    Whatever your view, don't waste your vote on Thursday 12 December- and don't squeeze your nose too hard.






     

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  3. onehorsetown2 says:28/11/2019 04:05 PM
    How about Labour supporters moving back to the Liberal Democrats. In the 2015 election they won with 31% of the vote Labour only had 19%
    Last edited by onehorsetown2; 28/11/2019 at 04:07 PM. Reason: adding

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  5. Tentill4 says:28/11/2019 07:13 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by roving-eye View Post
    The brutal truth for Southport: If you want Brexit, vote Tory; if you are Pro-Remain or anti-Boris, vote Labour

    Veteran Southport journalist Martin Hovden
    Veteran journalist!!!!!!!

    Should it not read:-

    If you're for Brexit, or anti-Corbyn, vote Tory, all else is a waste of paper, fuel and time :)

  6. Username2016 says:28/11/2019 08:07 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by onehorsetown2 View Post
    How about Labour supporters moving back to the Liberal Democrats.
    Maybe voting for a party that’s been very disappointing over the last 15 plus years has been very disappointing through either handwringing, fear-mongering and whilst in their 15 mins of fame coalition voting for some very Southport unfriendly policies is somewhat off putting!

    Even John Pugh admits they’re a tactical vote to stop getting what you don’t want rather than someone who will do something positive for the town.

    Yet to see a positive link to anything the libs have done locally or nationally for the town so why would anyone think John Wright in his at best second choice seat do anything of use.

  7. said says:29/11/2019 12:30 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Username2016 View Post
    Maybe voting for a party that’s been very disappointing over the last 15 plus years has been very disappointing through either handwringing, fear-mongering and whilst in their 15 mins of fame coalition voting for some very Southport unfriendly policies is somewhat off putting!

    Even John Pugh admits they’re a tactical vote to stop getting what you don’t want rather than someone who will do something positive for the town.

    Yet to see a positive link to anything the libs have done locally or nationally for the town so why would anyone think John Wright in his at best second choice seat do anything of use.

    The forthcoming general election has been called for a very good reason. Since the electorate voted to Leave the European Union with very good reason - a number of people have attempted to prevent this happening for their own, (their own - not for the good of the nation) reasons. While the delays continue, the trading markets are uncertain and that is not good for business nor the country. There has been several Labour/LibDems and Conservative MP's in Parliament - many associated with the EU - who have tried to deny the electorate their rights. Johnson has not had a majority Parliament since he took over from May. So it has been necessary to call a general election to be able to give Johnson the majority in Parliament, so that he can finalise Brexit. This has got to be done, it is vital for the future of our country. The number of people who voted for Brexit was the largest vote this country has ever known - some people may not understand the exact reasoning behind Brexit - but the greater majority of the population do!

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