It’s nicer where the Tories are. A well known phrase in the fiercely tribal world of British politics, but is there any verity to it? I looked at the five safest Tory and the five safest Labour seats, and compared three quantifiable indicators of quality of life; income, education, and the need for state support.
I had planned to break down crime rates, but most of this data tends to be divided by Police Area rather than constituency. However it is worth quoting a report from Parliament which noted “Crime and anti-social behaviour rates are highest in Labour, lower in Liberal Democrat and lowest in Conservative constituencies and this is true for each category of offence/anti-social behaviour. Labour MPs are more likely to represent constituencies with higher proportions of residents in receipt of out of work benefits.” Link to full report here.