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One in three voters 'held their nose' and voted tactically in the last set of UK elections


A fresh study by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) found that 32% of voters plumped for a tactical vote rather than picking their preferred party or candidate in December's poll.

The YouGov research revealed that tactical voting was slightly higher among those who picked Labour or the Liberal Democrats - at 36% and 39% respectively - compared to Tory voters.

Remain voters were also more likely to say they opted for the "best-positioned party/candidate to keep out another party/candidate that I dislike", with 35% of anti-Brexit voters saying they had done so compared to 29% of Leave voters who said the same.

The ERS said similar analysis ahead of the 2017 election suggested just 20% planned to vote tactically.