In this Brief, the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute considers the electoral performance of the Conservative Party across the three regions of Northern England at the 2015 general election. It focuses not only on seats won, but also the ranking and vote share of Conservative candidates in Northern constituencies, and how this has changed since 2010. The Brief therefore contributes to several important post-election debates in the UK. It considers whether perceptions of the Conservative Party as largely absent from Northern England are fair, and whether the perceived rise of UKIP in the North has harmed the party’s support base. Furthermore, it enables reflection on the notion that the Labour Party’s defeat at the election arose due to an over-emphasis on winning support in its Northern ‘heartlands’ at the expense of appealing to voters elsewhere in England.
Download the brief No. 13: Conservative support in Northern England at the 2015 general election.