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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 May 2005, 17:49 GMT 18:49 UK
UK voters' panel: Tonia Barton

Tonia Barton
Name: Tonia Barton
Age: 43
Lives: Nelson, Lancashire
Works: Wine and spirit wholesalers
Original voting intention: Conservative
Voted: Conservative
In 10 words or less:
"Single, committed socially liberal Conservative"

Obviously I am very disappointed with the national result.

I am also disappointed with the regional results, especially in the North West.

But I think the Conservative Party has started to make gains from both of the other main parties nationwide.

I would hope that this improvement will continue.

I also particularly hope that the Labour Party will not see this result as a ringing endorsement.

Labour need to start listening to Parliament and stop riding roughshod over it, as they have done in the past.

The fact that they have been elected with the smallest popular vote is worrying.

But it is to be hoped that the boundary changes, which are due to happen, will balance this inequity out before the next general election.

I was pleased that in my constituency we came within 2,000 votes of the sitting Labour MP, who is known as a rebel.

Your comments:

I hope Tonia is right about the boundaries being re-organised, because if the Lib Dems continue to take over 20% of the vote, then under the current boundaries, which are totally skewed toward the small urban seats held by Labour, then the Tories will never ever see power again. Charles Kennedy's assertion that three party politics are good for democracy is perversely laughable. Good for Labour but not for anybody else!
Chris, Brazil

Tonia, prepare yourself for even more disappointment in the next election. The Conservative Party has nothing new to offer. Tony Blair has seen them off again for a third time. Their whole election campaign was negative. You better get used to life as the opposition for a very long time. The party needs to change and appeal to a wider audience. The evidence from this election is that they still have a long way to go in this regard. The Iraq war helped them a little bit this time otherwise they would have suffered another humiliating defeat, similar to that in 2001.
F Goma, Derby, UK

Can anyone say denial? The Conservative Party is having a long and painful death, won't somebody put it out of its misery?
Chris G, Cambridge, UK

When Michael Foot achieved the level of support that the Tories had in this election, he was cruelly derided as a complete failure. Some progress.
Peter Cameron, Nantwich, Cheshire

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