A digital democracy project has published its list of the UK parliamentary constituencies where single votes may make the biggest difference in General Election 2019 – and is encouraging people to use it’s free app to see if they can vote in them.
If just one person had voted differently in North East Fife in the last election – the UK’s most marginal constituency – the election would have been decided by the drawing of lots.
The Digital Democracy Project – which uses digital technology to bring electors and the elected closer together – has published a list of the UK’s most marginal seats.
The list shows that just 5489 voters in the UK’s 30 most marginal constituencies could decide the outcome of the December 12th poll.
The project is encouraging people to download it’s free Rate Your Leader app to check if they are registered to vote on one of these seats, and to directly connect with the incumbent MPs from their phone or tablet using abuse-proof technology.
The UK’s most marginal seats going into General Election 2019 are:
- North East Fife – SNP majority of 2
- Kensington- Labour majority of 20
- Perth and North Perthshire – SNP majority of 21
- Dudley North- Independent (ex-Labour) majority of 22
- Newcastle-under-Lyme – Labour majority of 30
- Southampton Itchen – Conservative majority of 31
- Richmond Park – Conservative majority of 45
- Crewe and Nantwich- Labour majority of 48
- Glasgow South West – SNP majority of 60
- Glasgow East – SNP majority of 75
- Arfon – Plaid Cymru majority of 92 votes
- Ceredigion – Plaid Cymru majority of 104 votes
- Stirling – Conservatives majority of 148
- Foyle – Sinn Féin majority of 169 votes
- Canterbury – Labour majority of 187 votes
- Airdrie and Shotts – SNP majority of 195 votes
- Barrow and Furness – Labour majority of 209 votes
- Keighley – Labour majority of 239 votes
- Glasgow North East – Labour majority of 242 votes
- Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath – Labour majority of 259 votes.
- Rutherglen and Hamilton West – Labour majority of 265 votes
- Lanark and Hamilton East – SNP majority of 266 votes
- St Ives – Conservative majority 312 votes
- Preseli Pembrokeshire – Conservative majority of 314 votes
- Motherwell and Wishaw – SNP majority of 318 votes
- Pudsey – Conservative majority of 331 votes
- Thurrock East – Conservative majority of 345 votes
- Hastings and Rye – Conservative majority of 346 votes
- Chipping Barnet – Conservative majority of 353 votes
- Ashfield – Labour majority of 441 votes.
Joel Popoola, founder of the Digital Democracy project responded to the list.
“No politician has ever gone into an election saying that this election isn’t close at all, and that your vote will make no difference but the General Election 2019 is undeniably unprecedented in many ways.
“There were an unprecedented number of extraordinarily close votes in the 2017 General Election. An unprecedented number of the MPs elected in 2017 are also standing for different parties and even in different constituencies. The polls going into this election are unprecedentedly volatile, with traditional party affiliations under pressure like never before.
“This gives voters unprecedented power to shape Britain’s future, and our free Rate Your Leader app gives them the information they need, and the ability to engage with their candidates, to best deploy that power”.
The Digital Democracy project’s free Rate Your Leader app allows confirmed voters to communicate directly with the elected representatives from their phones or tablets in a way which makes abuse impossible, as well as rating them for responsiveness
The Rate Your Leader app is available from the Apple and Google Marketplaces. The app has a five star rating on the Google market, with one reviewer writing “This is the new level of politics…better communication of leaders with the electorates and accountability”.
An ever-increasing number of MPs, councillors, MEPs and Police & Crime Commissioners have already taken advantage of the free democracy app in advance of General Election 2019 to stay in touch with the people who elect them and to get their message out to confirmed voters in their constituencies, helping them truly understand what matters most to the people who elect them.