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Grant Shapps confirms that 20 of the 40 Tory target seats are Lib Dem held

18 November 2012

12:03 PM

18 November 2012

12:03 PM

On the Sunday Politics just now, Grant Shapps confirmed to Andrew Neil The Spectator’s story that 20 of the 40 Tory target seats at the next election are Liberal Democrat held. Shapps stressed that it was nothing personal about the Liberal Democrats but just a reflection of what needed to be done if the Tories were to win a majority.

When asked why voters in Liberal Democrat Ministers constituencies should prefer a Tory majority to the current coalition, Shapps cited the need to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights as well as the global economic race. This suggests that these issues will form an important part of the Tory message to swing voters in Lib Dem / Tory marginals.

Today’s big Tory story is the news that Lynton Crosby is coming in as a campaign consultant. Under questioning, Shapps revealed that the party was not placing limitations on the other corporate work that Crosby does.

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  • swatantra

    Schapps is picking off the easy targets, knowing full well attacking labours marginals will be pretty tough going, even with millions of Ashcroft money.

  • Bellevue

    Yes, but DO they mean it? and why should we believe a word they say?
    Thats the trouble. We no longer believe them, because they have betrayed us and LIED repeatedly. There CAN be no negotiation with the EU – just look at the EU budget shenanigans.
    Sorry, but its UKIP for me……

  • David B

    There is no reason why the Conservitives should not target Lib Dem seats. After all the lib dems like to stress they are a separate party and in an election they should be treated as such

  • anyfool

    Shapps cited the need to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights as well as the global economic race. This suggests that these issues will form an important part of the Tory message to swing voters in Lib Dem / Tory marginals.
    These issues are just as much valid in all areas, if they had got their act together on that in 2010 they would not be up this particular creek now.
    If they do it and mean it, “not at all like the mythical cuts programme”, they might just win outright. it is hard to imagine but people are crying out for a guide back to at least a reasonable standard of governance.

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