Sunday, June 22, 2014

The "sophomore" effect

Mention by Nicholas Watt on Sunday Politics of the "sophomore effect" whereby the newly elected MPs from 2010 are likely to do well in the 2015 general election.

This seems to me to be common sense.  Newly elected MPs tend to be motivated and work their constituencies.  It's only when they have been in for two terms that they get blasé and think others are going to do the canvassing for them (I can think of one seat I helped out at where the only canvasser was an 85-year-old lady who was absolutely indefatigable and covered huge areas including council estates while the candidate swanned around in a car making loud speaker announcements).

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