Tactical voting threat?

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11:05 AM, 12th June 2017
About A year ago

Tactical voting threat?

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Tactical voting threat?

Food for thought if the next housing minister is in your constituency and this is a bit late in the day, but only dawned on me when Gavin Barwell lost his seat.

These are really rough figures so take with a pinch of salt, but you’ll get the idea.

In Croydon roughly 177k people voted. According to a Croydon Council article in October 2015 there were 30k private rented properties. This equates to roughly 17% of voters.

Imagine if every landlord in the housing ministers constituency voted for the biggest competitor, this would almost definitely cause the housing minister to lose their seat.

Faced with this prospect surly they would listen to landlords?

Michael



Comments

Neil Patterson

11:11 AM, 12th June 2017
About A year ago

Hi Michael,

Taking into account how small some of the margins were for Tory MPs in some seats between winning and losing, and the humbling public verdict on the lack of listening to traditional Conservative voters I think they will be far lees enthusiastic to alienate landlords in the future.

Unless the perceive Landlord bashing as a bigger vote gainer, but they have played a dangerous losing hand already and got stung. Well TM did anyway as Tory MPs were notable by their absence in the general election campaign.

Mike D

12:39 PM, 12th June 2017
About A year ago

I like this idea, if we all traveled to the 'Housing Ministers' Constituency of Government

we could support a local candidate on any issues they want (Obviously as an independent their idea's would have little impact) IF we then campaigned for them, to win to constantly remove the housing minister, we could actually go on for years.....no one would want to be housing minister and we would have massive publicity drive for Landlords as having our own voice in Parliament

This should become a NLA policy to support change

Michael Barnes

14:16 PM, 12th June 2017
About A year ago

1. Many landlords own more than one property.
2. Many landlords live outside the constituency in which they have property.
3. Many landlords have higher priorities at elections than how legislation affects landlords.

Dani Jones

16:07 PM, 12th June 2017
About A year ago

I normally vote conservative... and i was going to vote but once i got into the ballot i physically couldnt given their prolonged attack on landlords and their attack on me trying to build for my and my childrens future. I voted for a party who i knew would not succeed locally... we were a marginal seat. Husband did the same.

DC

18:29 PM, 12th June 2017
About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by "Dani Jones" at "12/06/2017 - 16:07":

I echo what you've said entirely, having always voted Conservative in every general election for nearly 40 years. It was a choice of spoiling my paper or voting for a non-runner, the latter being what both my partner and I did in the end.
I wonder just how many previously pro-Tory landlords did as we did and caused the catastrophic result for May, which may well prove to be her complete downfall in the next few months.
There ought to be a poll amongst Landlords to see exactly how many of us did stick to our word and if it is a significant number then the Tories really ought to be made aware.

Mike D

19:54 PM, 12th June 2017
About A year ago

As a business owner and a landlord, i was in the same boat, there was nothing to vote conservative for, i'd been discouraged from being a small business and working hard and taking risks from a desperate Tory government over eager for cash.....
I've talked to friends, 8 of them were in the exactly the same position, Tory voter who didn't either.
I stood at the ballot box, having spend a week of annoying frustration dwelling over the issue, and i couldn't resolve it either, in the end i voted for a no hoper just to cast my vote, i didn't relish it as i knew the consequences of the devastation with Brexit looming and the need to break away from the EU into a good exit negotiation....but it would have been like a Turkey voting for Christmas voting Tory. Then as a Result Chris White lost his seat to Labour proving that with my knowledge my pier group on mass had voted against him......this was democracy in action a Tory seat lost by their own voters due to their own foolish actions on attacking their own base voters!!!


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