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The Tories and Labour at the 2019 General Election: Contrasting Results; Contrasting Campaigns

3:30pm - 5:00pm / Thursday 4th November 2021
Type: Seminar / Category: Research
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Title: The Tories and Labour at the 2019 General Election: Contrasting Results; Contrasting Campaigns

Abstract: The Conservative Party won the 2019 general election by such a convincing margin that it is tempting to portray its victory as somehow inevitable. But we should resist that temptation. Clearly there were some underlying factors running in the Tories' favour. But they amplified their advantage by planning and executing a brilliant campaign - especially in comparison to the Labour Party, whose campaign was both misconceived and poorly organised. This paper takes a deep dive into both campaigns, taking in both the 'air war' and the 'ground war', in order to analyse the key differences between them.


Bio: Tim Bale teaches politics at Queen Mary University of London, where he specialises in the study of political parties in the UK and elsewhere. His latest books include The British General Election of 2019, co-authored with Rob Ford, Will Jennings and Paula Surridge, The Modern British Party System, co-authored with Paul Webb, and Riding the Populist Wave: Europe's Mainstream Right in Crisis, co-edited with Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser, all of which were published this year.

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