By-elections underscore importance of tactical voting

Labour has won both the Mid Bedfordshire and Tamworth by-elections overturning massive Conservative majorities.

In Mid-Bedfordshire, the seat previously held by Nadine Dorries, Labour overturned a 24,664 seat majority to win with 34% of the vote compared to 31% for the Conservatives. in 2019, the Conservatives recorded 60% of the vote.

Meanwhile in Tamworth, Labour won with 45% of the vote to 40% for the Conservatives, upending their previous majority of almost 20,000.

In Tamworth in particular, Labour appears to have benefited in part from tactical voting from Lib Dem and Green supporters with both parties seeing their vote share fall significantly.

Naomi Smith, Chief Executive of Best for Britain said,

“These welcome results are a clear sign that after 13 long years of damage and decline, the country desperately wants a change of government. 

“While Labour has done well, they will be under no illusion as to how difficult it will be to replicate this result across the country next year. Come the next general election, our polling shows that people must vote tactically, in volume, and in every marginal seat, to ensure that we are rid of this rotten government.”

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