|Author (Person)||Sloman, Peter|
|Series Title||The Political Quarterly|
|Series Details||Volume 91, Number 1, Pages 35-42|
|Publication Date||January-March 2020|
|Content Type||Journal Article|
The 2019 general election was a crushing disappointment for the Liberal Democrats, as Jo Swinson lost her East Dunbartonshire seat to the SNP and the party’s anti‐Brexit stance failed to deliver gains from the Conservatives. Although the Liberal Democrats’ poor performance can partly be blamed on a misfiring campaign strategy, it also reflected the structural difficulties which the party faces in an increasingly polarised political environment.
The polarisation of public opinion along multiple axes over the last decade — over austerity, Brexit, and attitudes to Jeremy Corbyn — has fractured the broad coalition of support which the Liberal Democrats assembled during the 1990s and 2000s. Analysis of the 2019 results suggest that the party has made some progress towards developing a new core vote, particularly among suburban Remainers in south east England, but it is not clear whether this will be large or robust enough to have a significant impact on the future of British politics.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||National Politics, Parliamentary | Legislative Elections|
|Countries / Regions||United Kingdom|