The polls show London turning red (and grey). Is a "renterquake" responsible?by Jack Beckett / May 1, 2018 / Leave a comment
Londoners, eh, walking around like they rent the place. Indeed, as of 2017, private renters are now the most common form of housing tenure in the capital. This group of nearly 900,000 are young, have migrated, are concerned with housing availability—and what’s more, they’re starting to vote about it. In fact, capturing the imagination of this voting bloc will have serious implications for this week’s local elections
Much has been made of the ‘youthquake’ that toppled the seemingly inevitable prospect of a large Conservative majority at the last general election. But post-election analysis by the British Election Study has since quashed this theory and replaced it with a more specific 25-40-year-old-quake.
Less attention has been given to the ‘renterquake’. Yet private renters turned out in larger number, and swung heavily toward Labour, as compared to the 2015 election.
The renterquake visualised
Here it is, explained in two graphs, courtesy of Ipsos MORI: