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#GE2015 Will Airdrie & Shotts, Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross and Na h-Eileanan an Iar, vote for policies, parties or personalities in 2015?



Polling station By Martin Bamford via Flickr

These are the three constituencies with the lowest ‘turnout’ in the Vote for Policies 2015 survey , gathering only 425 votes between them. In comparison Bristol West has seen 5,172 votes cast. The average is 937 ‘votes’ for policies per constituency.

With Labour, Lib Dem and the SNP holding these three seats respectively in 2010 and everything to play for in Scotland, we anticipate more people using the Vote for Policies survey in the coming week. For a full list of candidates standing in each constituency please visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/politics/constituencies

Here’s the list of the lowest survey ‘turnout’ (as of midday on the 29th):

– 79 – Na h-Eileanan an Iar

– 158 – Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross

– 188 – Airdrie and Shotts

– 193 – Banff and Buchan

– 195 – Glasgow East

– 197 – Blaenau Gwent

– 205 – Dwyfor Meirionnydd

– 221 – Angus

– 224 – Orkney and Shetland

– 235 – Central Ayrshire

And the highest survey ‘turnout’ is in the following constituencies:

– 5,127 – Bristol West

– 3,305 – Cambridge

– 3,182 – Brighton, Pavillion

– 2,808 – Sheffield Central

– 2,776 – Oxford East

– 2,539 – Bath

– 2,464 York Central

– 2,488 – Exeter

– 2,447 – Islington North

– 2,429 – Hornsey and Wood Green

To find your overall constituency results and by policy, and the number of votes cast, visit the data site of Vote for Policies.

The policy areas that people are voting on are:

– Health/NHS – 474,4000

– Education – 429,200

– Economy – 398,300

– Welfare – 324,300

– Immigration – 299,100

– Environment – 295,700

– Crime – 282,300

– Democracy – 242,600

– Europe – 225,200

– Foreign Policy/Defence

In terms of policies, of 592,417 surveys completed nationally, Labour leads on Health/NHS, Welfare Economy, Immigration, Environment and Europe policies. The Lib Dems take Education and Democracy. The Greens win on Crime, while UKIP takes Foreign Policy & Defence.

In Scotland with 26,500 surveys completed, the Scottish Green Party is slugging it out with the SNP. The Greens lead in Scotland on Health/NHS, Economy, Environment, Crime, Immigration and Foreign Policy/Defence policies. The SNP leads on Education, Welfare, Democracy and Europe. Labour comes third or fourth across all policy areas.In terms of policies, of 592,417 surveys completed nationally, Labour leads on Health/NHS, Welfare Economy, Immigration, Environment and Europe policies. The Lib Dems take Education and Democracy. The Greens win on Crime, while UKIP takes Foreign Policy & Defence.

In Wales with 22,200 surveys completed, Labour leads the Green party overall. Plaid Cymru comes last.

In terms of party leader constituencies:

– Ed Miliband (Labour leader, Doncaster North), Labour lead on 31.3% of 487 surveys completed

– David Cameron (Conservative leader, Witney), Labour lead on 26.3% of 1,326 surveys completed. Conservatives in third on 18%, after the Lib Dems (20.8%)

– Nick Clegg (Lib Dem leader, Sheffield Hallam), Labour lead on 29.7% of 2,321 surveys completed. Lib Dems come second on 24.5%

– Natalie Bennett (Green leader, Holborn & St Pancras), Labour narrow lead on 28.5% of 2,414 surveys completed. The Greens come second with 27.2%.

– Nigel Farage (UKIP leader, South Thanet), Labour lead with 25.5% of 1,037 surveys completed. UKIP comes fourth on 18.2%, after Greens (20.8%) and Lib Dems (19.4%).

– Angus Roberton (SNP leader in Westminster, Moray), Greens narrow lead on 23.2% of 341 surveys completed. The SNP comes second on 22.2%.

– Elfyn Llwyd (Plaid Cymru leader in Westminster, Dwyfor Meirionnydd), Green lead on 23% of 205 surveys completed. Plaid Cymru comes third on 17%, after Labour (19.7%).

For a full list of candidates standing in each constituency please visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/politics/constituencies

To take the survey, please visit: https://voteforpolicies.org.uk/survey/blueandgreentomorrow

Photo: Martin Bamford via Flickr

Further reading:

Campaigners call for wildlife and environment to feature in election manifestos

Report calls for next government to prioritise climate change and environment

General election: public debate to explore how the internet affects voting

General election: quarter would switch vote based on climate change policy

10% of wildlife havens have been lost or damaged in last five years


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