By Colin Rallings, Roger Scully, Jonathan Tonge, Paul Webb
Containing contributions from major names in British politics, this evaluate maintains to submit front-rank study on events, elections and vote casting behaviour in Britain.
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Independent and minor party candidates also proved more popular this time, winning a few more votes and seven more seats, all but one of them from Fine Gael. This group of independents is the largest since 1951. The substitution of the traditional deposit by a requirement of 30 signatures did not lead to a plethora of candidates this time: there were only 138, which was 21 less than in 1997. Their share of the vote rose in 21 constituencies and fell in 20 so there was no clear trend. It shows perhaps that the electorate almost everywhere is receptive where there is a good candidate.
Polls at the beginning of November indicated that LN might expect to receive 6 to 8 seats at the upcoming 24 BRITISH ELECTIONS & PARTIES REVIEW elections. By the end of the month, LN had increased to 10 seats, while the Labour and Liberal parties were in a tight race over which would be the largest party: Labour was at 41 seats while the Liberal Party was at 40. On November 25 Fortuyn was chosen as leader of Livable Netherlands and on this occasion he introduced his slogan, ‘At your service’, at the end of his acceptance speech.
In January LN and its leader Fortuyn had climbed to 16 seats. In the same month it was announced that Fortuyn would also be on the list of candidates in Rotterdam for the local party Livable Rotterdam. ) As the election year 2002 began, the established parties were becoming nervous. The issue of foreigners, immigration politics and asylum seekers, often combined with the crime issue, was to become top of the political agenda, not least as a result of speeches and interviews made by Pim Fortuyn.
British Elections and Parties Review (British Elections and Parties) by Colin Rallings, Roger Scully, Jonathan Tonge, Paul Webb