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ikri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 01:44 PM
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9. Virtually no one votes for a specific MP
Unless your local MP is a party bigwig and has a decent media profile then no one would notice if you replaced them with another identical party apparatchik. I like to think that I keep up with politics but I couldn't tell you who my local MP is (some newbie who the Labour hierarchy parachuted into the constituency to replace the sitting Labour MP who wouldn't toe the party line).

For your average Tory back bencher, switching to UKIP would be electoral suicide. The 99% of voters who already wouldn't recognise them if they passed them in the street won't suddenly recognise them after they switch party.

In theory we do vote for our local MP, in practice most people vote for a party.
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