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Professor Tim Bale, App suggests parties may have less room for manoeuvre on coalition options than they’d like


Surprising potential allegiances between the UK’s political parties around economic issues and cultural beliefs may have a significant impact on any negotiations after the election, writes Professor Tim Bale in a co-authored article for The Conversation. Following an analysis of voter attitudes using the WhoGetsMyVoteUK app, Professor Bale argues that, “If [the negotiations are] all about economics then any combination of one of the main parties and DUP, UKIP or Lib Dems is possible, but the SNP is only economically aligned with Labour. The more that the identity and cultural dimension assumes importance as the red line issue, the more limited the possibilities become.”
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