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Change and continuity in the Liberal Democrat election campaign of 2005

By Richard S. Grayson

Abstract

The Liberal Democrat campaign of 2005 was judged by the public to be the most effective of the three main campaigns. It also delivered tangible gains: more seats and more votes for the second successive election. However, the campaign has been criticised, and there has been disappointment within the party that the gains were not greater. This article considers why the party's 2005 campaign was largely the same as in 2001, examining how far the party changed in the intervening years. It begins by highlighting policy changes and then argues that although policy changed significantly, the party's overall message remained basically the same. The nature of the party's election strategy and tactics are then examined, followed by an assessment of how the party might develop its approach in future

Publisher: Blackwell
Year: 2005
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.gold.ac.uk:125

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