Wednesday 19 April 2017 12.01pm
Rambling Phil wrote:
If the overriding priority is to attempt to reduce the Tory majority in the Commons, it will make no difference if Bermondsey and Old Southwark elect Coyle or Hughes: there is no way the Conservatives can take this constituency so whoever wins will still be an opposition MP.
This means that electors can cast their votes without having to worry about tactical voting and the like: it will be a straightforward choice between two very different candidates.
May the best (or least worst) candidate win...
I suspect that there will be more than two candidates. Given the (un)likelihood of the Tories getting in, this might be a good opportunity to vote (as Kevin suggested) for the party we actually want to, rather than tactically.
Yes: voters to whom it makes absolutely no difference whether Coyle or Hughes are elected, can vote for anyone else, or even stay at home on the day.
Supporters of the Green Party could vote Green so that at least their candidate receives at least 5% of the votes and therefore doesn't loose the £500 deposit: at the last General Elections the Green Party only received 3.9%, so in that occasion they forfeited their deposit.
Still, that was a marked improvement on their 2010 performance when they only received 1.6%.