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So, no change there then?
David Broughton

vote gain in 2001 was amongst the unemployed, although this ‘success’ still only produced a vote share of 23 per cent within this particular category, still leaving a lead of 31 per cent for Labour.8 However, in a ‘post-ideological’ age marked by partisan and class dealignment, these figures do not provide any real comfort for the Conservatives because socio-economic background as a whole is no longer a major determinant of electoral choice. Instead, questions of overall policy competence, leader images and issue saliency are now assuming that role. The 2001 defeat

in The Conservatives in Crisis