Dundee East

The winner in 2010 was Stewart Hosie (SNP). The votes cast for the four main parties were as follows:

PartyVotes
SNP15350
Labour13529
Lib Dem4285
Conservative6177

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
SNP2910235571
Labour998317616
Lib Dem15885579
Conservative61608043

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
SNP27155
Labour6632
Lib Dem0
Conservative6704

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.) The 2010 winner in this seat was the SNP, so we should apply a smaller swing. If we do this, we get:

PartyVotes
SNP25533
Labour8255
Lib Dem0
Conservative6704

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 the SNP in 2010, but the main challenger to the SNP is now the Conservatives, so we shouldn't apply tactical voting. The most likely result here therefore remains as follows:

PartyVotes
SNP25533
Labour8255
Lib Dem0
Conservative6704

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

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