Airdrie and Shotts

The winner in 2010 was Pamela Nash (Labour). The votes cast for the four main parties were as follows:

PartyVotes
SNP8441
Labour20849
Lib Dem2898
Conservative3133

The 2011 Holyrood election was conducted using different constituencies, but we can calculate the equivalent Westminster result. We can do something similar for the independence referendum result, mapping the Yes votes to SNP votes and the No votes to Labour, LD and Conservative votes according to their distribution at the last UK election. If we do this, the results were as follows:

Party20112014
SNP2110730104
Labour2021522369
Lib Dem9213109
Conservative29843361

The latest opinion poll by YouGov (8th-9th April) gave Labour 25%, the SNP 49%, the Tories 18% and the Lib Dems 4%. If we apply the swing implied by these figures to the 2010 results for this constituency, we get:

PartyVotes
SNP18873
Labour14755
Lib Dem0
Conservative3599

Lord Ashcroft conducted some constituency polls earlier this year which seemed to show that the swing to the SNP was 4% greater in Labour-held seats (and as a consequence smaller in seats held by the Tories and the Lib Dems.) This seat was won by Labour in 2010, so we should apply an even greater swing. If we do this, we get:

PartyVotes
SNP20307
Labour13321
Lib Dem0
Conservative3599

Finally, another opinion poll has shown that voters will to some extent vote tactically in seats where there is a clear opponent to the SNP. This seat was won by Labour in 2010, and this party is still the SNP's main opponent if we apply uniform swing. We should therefore expect tactical voting:

PartyVotes
SNP20667
Labour14905
Lib Dem0
Conservative1655

This prediction is the best we can do at the moment. This blog therefore predicts the constituency of Airdrie and Shotts will be won by the SNP candidate.

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