Are the Tories creating clear Green water for the other parties to target?

Has the Tories increasing climate change scepticism made clear Green water for the other parties to occupy?

According to The Independent the Labour Party campaign managers have identified 31 seats where the increasingly sceptical Conservative tone over climate change might benefit them and the Liberal Democrats. 

In these seats, of which 7 are Lib Dem held seats, the Labour Party believes that it might be possible for incumbents to benefit from an above average Green Party level of support and squeeze it to support the non-Tory incumbent. 

This follows Gordon Brown’s comments about Nigel Lawson and David Davies and their “flat-earth” environmental comments.

According to The Independent, ‘in the 31 seats, the Green Party or Scottish Green Party had a 2 per cent or higher share of the vote – which could make the difference between the Tories winning or losing on a marginal swing.

‘The Tories need to win Tooting – target seat number 112 – with a notional Labour majority of 5,190, to win an outright majority. In this south London seat, the Greens won a 4.1 per cent share of the vote in 2005.’

Certainly the Tories apparently paper-thin interest in the environment might well now damage them, but I find it fascinating that Labour high command at Number 10 identify seven Lib Dem seats as being ones where this strategy should be adopted.

The full List of seats according to The Independent is:

Finchley & Golders Green (L); Croydon Central (L); Battersea (L); Milton Keynes South (L); Hove (L); Cheltenham (LD); Stroud (L); Carshalton & Wallington (LD); Hastings & Rye (L); Calder Valley (L); Hereford & North Herefordshire (LD); Colne Valley (L); Brighton Kemptown (L); Swindon South (L); Milton Keynes North (C, notional L due to boundary changes); Watford (L); Birmingham Edgbaston (L); Worcester (L); Bradford West (L); Richmond Park (LD); Brentford & Isleworth (L); Edinburgh South (L); Leeds North West (LD); Ochil & South Perthshire (L); Stirling (L); Devon North (LD); Oxford West & Abingdon (LD); Poplar & Limehouse (L); Reading West (L); Waveney (L); Tooting (L)
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‘All he needs now is a reference from the Captain of the Titanic and he’s got the full set…’ The Press Officer’s Guide Lesson 8 – Turn your opponents strengths into weaknesses

With referees like these who needs enemies...?!

Any martial arts expert will tell you that even smaller opponents can defeat larger opponents by identifying their larger opponents’ weaknesses.

As such, when the phone call came through to tell us that the new Conservative candidate for our constituency had been selected we needed to respond quickly with a line that made them seem much less of a credible opponent than was the case in reality.

When asked the question ‘apparently he is a very serious opponent, this Warwick Lightfoot, he’s been an advisor to Nigel Lawson, John Major and Norman Lamont when they were Chancellor of the Exchequer and is now Chief Economist at the Royal Bank of Scotland,’ I think we rather deflated the local reporter, who had clearly been given the Tory spin.

Our response was, ‘with references like that all he needs now is a reference from the captain of the Titanic and he’s got the full set!’

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