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Is demography destiny? How population shift can recast the political map

Five constituencies serve as good examples

By Lewis Baston  

A woman at a Polling station in Islington. London, UK 08/06/2017 | usage worldwide

Most elections bring some first-time breakthroughs for one party or another. The 2017 general election was relatively unusual in seeing both the main parties conquering some entirely new territory: for instance, Labour gained Canterbury and the Conservatives took Mansfield. When something like this happens, it suggests not only that something interesting is going on in the relationship between the parties and their traditional bases of support, but also that demographic change has brought some traditional strongholds to the point of marginality where they are…

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