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Labour targets Burton in bid to win in 2015

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 09, 2013

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Labour targets Burton in bid to win in 2015

BURTON will be among the seats targeted by Labour as it bids to win power at the 2015 General Election.

The constituency, captured from the party by Tory Andrew Griffiths at the last poll in 2010, is among Labour’s 106 key battleground seats.

To retake it as part of Ed Milband’s plans to win a 60-seat majority, Labour will need to achieve a 6.3 per cent swing.

The party is not targeting any Conservative seat requiring a swing of more than 7.07 per cent.

Tom Watson MP, Labour’s deputy chairman, said: “These seats are our path to that majority.

“It is not a list of every seat we will target for the 2015 General Election as we will review this list, taking into account opinion polls, election results and campaign activity on the ground.

“But it is where we will start.

“I want these seats to provide focus for the party, a shared plan behind which we can unite.”

Across the country, it will need a uniform swing of 1.7 per cent to become the largest party, 4.45 per cent to secure a majority of one, and 5.3 per cent for a majority of 20.

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  • Burton Mail  |  January 17 2013, 2:58PM

    This government has failed to look after the low paid, the middle classes and industry in general. The policy of making public sector workers redundant in the belief that the private sector will create new jobs is, quite frankly, immature and they need to be booted out so that real job creation policies can be introduced.

  • Burton Mail  |  January 10 2013, 10:24AM

    They have a job on their hands, Burton being a beer town you only have to look at what Labour introduced in March 2008, when Chancellor Alistair Darling introduced a four year tax escalator under which the duty rate on all alcoholic drinks was increased by 2% above the rate of inflation. In March 2010, he then announced that the escalator would be extended for a further two years, to 2014-15 hardly a vote winner for Labour in Burton.