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Politically correct?

December 2005

Does the UK political map correctly represent you? What does politics have to do with geography and what does geography have to do with politics?

Politically correct

Tony Blair has a new political sparring partner.

No, not Gordon Brown, or even John Prescott but the fresh-faced new leader of the Conservative Party - David Cameron.

But does this latest vote mean much? Didn't Tony Blair’s Labour Party just win their third election victory in May 2005. We don't really know which policies Cameron will champion in his new role. Will they be different? Will there be any ‘green’ policies? Should we expect a change in the political landscape?

In fact, what is that political landscape? What does the current political map of the UK tell us about geographical variations in population structure, distribution and density? And do environmental issues influence the way people vote?


These items will appeal to students from KS3 upwards who are studying population and migration.

It also has special relevance for A-level students investigating regional inequalities and the UK’s North-South divide or political decision-making and the environment.

In the Member's Area:

  • Are Labour as popular as they appear from the election result?
  • How do population characteristics influence the political map?
  • Why is so much of the map blue?
  • Is there a difference between rural and urban voting?
  • Is there a “north-south divide” to voting?
  • Does gentrification change urban voting behaviour?
  • Whatever happened to Green politics?
  • AS & A2-level assignments and essays

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