Peter Dorey

  • Permalink Gallery

    More than just ‘dreamers’ and ‘students’: where did Labour’s support come from in 2017?

More than just ‘dreamers’ and ‘students’: where did Labour’s support come from in 2017?

To explain the result of the 2017 general election for Labour, Peter Dorey examines the scale of the party’s support not only among younger voters, but also among professions in different socioeconomic categories. The analysis yields some surprising findings.

It is very rare that a general election which did not result in a change of government can still be described […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Entirely as expected? What the voting data tells us about Corbyn’s re-election

Entirely as expected? What the voting data tells us about Corbyn’s re-election

When Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour leader in 2015, the result astonished many; his re-election surprised no-one. Analysing the 2016 voting data, Peter Dorey and Andrew Denham find a few surprises amidst the details.

In Labour’s 2015 leadership contest, a major question had been how a rank outsider and perceived political maverick, like Jeremy Corbyn, could possibly be elected leader […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Voter dealignment, disillusion and the implications for the May 2015 election

Voter dealignment, disillusion and the implications for the May 2015 election

In this post, Pete Dorey discusses historical trends in voter turnout and ‘top two’ party voting in UK elections. Despite common concerns about falling turnout levels, he argues that thanks to the fact that the election looks close, 2015 will probably see an increase in the number of voters turning out. The Labour and Conservative share of the vote, however, […]

Contemplating Euthanasia? The Conservatives and Europe in 2012

The issue of Britain’s relationship with Europe was a significant factor in the downfall of both Margaret Thatcher and John Major. Could the same come to be true of David Cameron? Pete Dorey reflects on the Conservatives and Europe in 2012 and what the future might hold in 2013.  In one particular sphere of policy, David Cameron must recently have […]