Edinburgh East

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

PartyVotes
SNP8133
Labour17314
Lib Dem7751
Conservative4358

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
SNP3416727500
Labour3176518025
Lib Dem115788069
Conservative109284537

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
SNP19734
Labour10537
Lib Dem1811
Conservative4876

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
SNP21328
Labour8942
Lib Dem1811
Conservative4876

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
SNP22015
Labour11993
Lib Dem706
Conservative2243

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

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