beingjdc wrote:Ironically the most likely effect of this sort of candidate standing would be to guarantee Simon's re-election. If you are against the coalition's NHS reforms, you're unlikely to be voting for him anyway. This way, though, votes against him are split more ways. Double irony, he'd then potentially be saved because the electoral system he wanted was rejected...
I suppose if Labour decided not to run a candidate and endorse the 'NHS independent' then maybe - but with such a high chance of winning next time, why not? In reality while the NHS will still be an issue by the election, single-issue candidates tend to do badly in UK elections.
londonbridge69 wrote:Assuming you are correct ( which I think a considerable assumption) and there is a splintering of the vote where is the evidence to suggest that the Lib Dems are more likely to benefit than eg. Labour.
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