The Tories’ claimed ambition to form a non-coalition government at the forthcoming election have been dealt a body blow, with analysis of CCHQ’s list of ‘non-target seats’ by Scrapbook showing they have given up on several constituencies required form a working majority. These include the Conservative/UKIP marginals of Rochester & Strood and Boston & Skegness — both of which the party held in May 2010 and one of which has a sitting Tory MP!
In what has been described by ConservativeHome as a “schoolboy error”, someone from the Tory HQ web team decided to upload images of certain Westminster hopefuls into a folder called “non target candidates”, giving everyone a sneak peak of seats they reckon are either super-safe or no-hopers.
— Phil Rodgers (@PhilRodgers) February 9, 2015
Suffice it to say UKIP are cock-a-hoop.
And with the Tories currently 20 seats short of a majority, others include:
- #23 Plymouth Moor View (Labour majority 1,588)
- #25 Eltham
- #26 Walsall South
- #32 Exeter
- #35 Oldham East and Saddleworth
- #37 Luton South
- #38 Bridgend
With ‘real’ target seats being saturated with direct mail, this likely confirms the what local politicos already suspected.