Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker
andrewducker

Labour do not tend to win elections because of Scotland

Over the last few days I've repeatedly bumped into the idea that if Scotland leaves the UK then the remaining parts are destined to be ruled by a permanent Conservative government, because only the Scottish Labour MPs tip the balance.

This is simply not true. If you look at the actual figures you'll see that the last time that a Labour government was dependent on Scottish votes to take power was 1974. Every single Labour victory from 1997-2005 was by a large enough margin to not need Scottish votes at all.

You can see the votes if you start here and work your way back with the arrows in the box at the top right...


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