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I certainly hope this is true. Phillipa would be an especially good addition to the Conservative benches. We would have a very able woman who has given much of her life to homeless and other vulnerable people.

LibDem weakness is hugely disguised by their recent success at the by-elections although they didn't do as well in those as they have in the past. If these figures are half true we should be able to unseat a good number of southern yellows.

This is even less evidence of a Brown Bounce, as it suggests huge increases in majorities in safe Labour seats, with a Labour (and, to some extent, LD) wipeout in the south. Little Tory progress in the north still according to this poll.

As a geographer, I'm not impressed with the Grauniad for lumping together the Midlands AND the East of England. I would like to see figures for the E & W Midlands, with key marginals such as Wolverhampton SW and Loughborough.

I am not a geographer but why on earth are wales and Scotland lumped together they bear no relation whatsoever in respect of results gained in both 2005 & 2007.
Wales is streets ahead of Scotland in respect of Conservative votes.

I too would be interested in seeing East and West Midlands split. The district council swings in some of the East Midlands seats were very significant this year.

I agree with both Dick and Andrew - breakdown by all 'Government Office Region' and by Scotland & Wales would be more helpful ... but then with these opinion polls, the sample size is often not up to scratch.

For example, if the East Midlands local elections swing were replicated in a general election, David Taylor's 4,477 majority in 2005 (down from 9, 639 in 2001) in NW Leicestershire would be wiped out, sending Andrew Bridgen to parliament. The Guardian poll doesn't tell us enough to know what is happening at the regional (GOR) level.

Paul Burstow (Sutton) and, to a lesser extent, Susan Kramer (Richmond Park) have substantial personal votes.

The Tories took a hammering (having put council tax up over a quarter in 3 years) in the council elections in Richmond in 2006. Twickenham is a basket case.

The Lib Dems remain strong in Kingston & Surbiton where the divided local Tories deselected the popular Kevin Davis who had gained a substantial swing against Ed Davey. Davis's A list successor is struggling to make an impact.

The main effect of the Lib Dem collapse will be to put Wimbledon and Putney back within Labour's reach.

Yes I hope this is good news for candidates like Zac and Phillipa. But would some seats where Labour is the main challenger (e.g. Enfield Southgate) be under threat? We need to keep plugging away that brown is just a continuation of the “Blair/Brown Govt”, and that being in no.11 he must have had at least some level of responsibility!

I agree with Unbrella man (1458) that Philippa would be an especially good addition to the Conservative benches for the reasons he says, except I would add ‘front’ before “benches”.

Living in the area, I am delighted to see that these figures suggest that Tom Brake's majority will be hacked away still further at the next election, and he will be unseated. Paul Burstow next door has a good personal electoral rapport, and he and Tom Brake benefit from the support of the Sutton Guardian, but we have a good candidate and I think we've a good chance of a Con gain there too.

This is simply an effect of a move to the centre-ground. Those voters who are naturally conservative, but more centre right will switch to us under Cameron. This won't happen to any significant extent in Scotland, as the Tories are pretty much treated with open hostility post Thatcher, here the nationalists pick up the protest vote. If we can remain united and avoid episodes like grammargate we will regain the recent losses as trust is built and Brown's bounce fades. Unfortunately the message that Brown has had his chance has not got through to vast swathes of the electorate or the media. Most still tell me he deserves a chance. This is what we need to counter, or we will have to accept reducing his majority at the next election to dangerously low levels is a positive outcome.

How annoying that the Guardian chose to lump regions together - Scotland & Wales (politically very different right now) and North-West, North-East & Yorkshire (so vast it could hide all manner of polling changes).

As I live on one of only a few Labour seats in the South, I hope that we will be able to oust our incumbent Red and replace with a Blue.

Hi SW London Tory,

I am keen to know how you worked out that Paul Burstow has a 'substantial' personal vote? I'm not seeking to undermine what you have said, I'm just keen to know if there is something I'm missing?

I agree he has a personal vote, but then again, so do most MPs who have been in a seat for nine years. I think his personal vote is based on name recognition, rather than achievement, and is, therefore, fragile.

I have a vague memory of the 2007 Local gov't elections being described as a disaster for the Lib-Dems (LD -246, Lab -505, Con +911).

As they lost councillors in the areas they would be defending/challenging for parliamentary seats at the next general election, and won them where they had no chance to win at the next general election.

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