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Have you voted for more than one party in your lifetime

Discussion in 'Personal' started by LondonCanary, Aug 9, 2020.

  1. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    I have voted Communist, Labour, Conservative, Liberal, LibDem, Plaid Cymru, Green, Independent in the past. Is it normal to not to vote the same in every election?
  2. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    Apart from Communist, Liberal and Plaid, I have voted for all the others in your list at one point or another.
  3. alex_teccy

    alex_teccy Star commenter

    I voted Conservative in '92 then Labour after that
  4. modelmaker

    modelmaker Lead commenter

    I suspect it is among those too lazy to follow politics in any detail. Is it sensible to repeatedly vote for the same party? Sometimes yes, because it can take many governments before changes in our laws become acceptable. If you think about how long it took to decriminalise homosexuality and how many after it took to legalise gay marriage, if policies like that are what you want to see enacted and one party is promising to, when the others aren't, you more or less have to be committed to voting for the same party repeatedly until it happens.

    On the other hand, a significant number of voters don't give a damn what's in the party manifestos and are more influenced by what the papers have to say about the party leader.
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  5. asnac

    asnac Lead commenter

    I've supported all three main UK-wide parties at different points in my life, plus the Brexit Party in last year's Euros.

    I don't have any sympathy with political tribalism - people who always vote Labour because Grandad would roll in his grave etc. They're not football clubs, and if people's economic or philosphical positions change, they should switch party.
  6. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    I voted for the Lib-Dems and we ended up with the tory/lib-dem coalition which really p*ssed me off at the time. If only I knew it would get so much worse, haha...haaaaaaaa

    Now I vote SNP (because they stand for the things I believe in, NOT just Scottish Independence) and my second vote is always Scottish Greens, who do actually get stuff done up here, unlike the party down south.
  7. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Me too! and same reaction, I voted against the Tories but helped get a Tory government. Well I didn't really because the Tory won anyway, but it felt like it as if my candidate had won, it would have still been a Tory government.

    Labour, Lib-Dem, Green.
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  8. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    (Scottish) Lib-Dems are a joke in Scotland, @Mangleworzle . I understand it's different in England.
  9. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    I have always voted Labour.
  10. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    It’s more difficult when the area you live in is always held by one party. It can feel as though your vote makes no difference; on the other hand, there’s a certain freedom in varying your vote, according to your beliefs at the time.
    sparklepig2002 likes this.
  11. vannie

    vannie Star commenter

    I have voted Labour and Socialist Labour. I would like to vote for a party that supports women but I can’t find one.
  12. botanybod

    botanybod New commenter

    Labour, Lib Dem and Green. I think I'm unlikely to vote Lib Dem again. I didn't vote for them in 2010, but did in the previous election. I never in a million years thought they'd jump into bed with the Tories, but I suspect they'd do it again, given the chance.
    monicabilongame likes this.
  13. burajda

    burajda Star commenter

    Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem. And Green as second vote in London Mayor election.
  14. friedgreentomatoes

    friedgreentomatoes Star commenter

    I have voted Labour and Lib Dem. Usually Labour for general elections and Lib Dem for local (our local Lib Dem councillors are excellent), although it does vary.
  15. cheesypop

    cheesypop Senior commenter

    I voted Lib Dem in the last general election so that was a waste of a vote! Previous to that I’ve always voted Labour in general elections but we have 3 fantastic local independent candidates where I live who really get things done, so they get my vote in local elections.
  16. lapinrose

    lapinrose Star commenter

    Yes, tory when I was younger and still influenced by my Tory parents, Labour as a protest, then Lib Dem, in fact I've also been voted for as a Lib Dem.
  17. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    I’ve voted four different ways in the past, and spoiled the paper on one occasion.
  18. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    General elections, I've voted for two different parties. Local elections, the three major parties.
  19. Burndenpark

    Burndenpark Star commenter

    Me to, but I saw the outcome as the lesser of several possible evils.

    Answering the OP.
    Certainly I've voted, Labour, Lib-Dem and Green on multiple occasions. I've voted various other independents/ Left wing options and even UKIP occasionally as I did and still do believe that the EU has issues it needs to address.
    I have never voted Tory, though I did consider it with Cameron.

    Oh and spoiled my paper so often I've lost track.
    coffeekid likes this.
  20. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Nice to have all that choice.
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