16:33 Wednesday 09 January 2013

Labour targets Burton in bid to win in 2015


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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