Tactical Voting against SNP

This is our Tactical Voting Guide against SNP candidates for the 2022 general election. This page takes the set of constituencies where SNP candidates stood last time and divides them into three categories using the rules below.

Rules

We assume that tactical voting is only a good idea against a SNP candidate in a particular constituency when, in the last election, they held the constituency and were no more than 25 percentage points ahead of the second placed candidate or did not win the constituency and were no more than 25 percentage points behind the winning candidate.

  1. The first table contains the constituencies which meet the above criteria.
  2. The second table contains the constituencies where the previous SNP candidate was so far behind that it appears they cannot win.
  3. The third table contains the constituencies where the previous SNP candidate was so far ahead that it appears they are unlikely to be beaten.

If a by-election has taken place after the last election then that result is used instead of the one from the last election.

Usage Guide

In my opinion, the best way of using this guide is as follows:

  1. Pick the name of a constituency.
  2. Find which table the constituency is in.
  3. Check the recommended advice above the table.
  4. Open the link to your selected constituency and verify whether our advised tactical vote seems plausible to you.

For tactical voting against other parties see here.

Constituencies where tactical voting may help

Our recommendation: Vote for the parties recommended in this table. If there are two such parties, the first choice is probably the most effective.

ScotlandVote For
Aberdeen North1. Labour
2. Conservative
Aberdeen South1. Conservative
2. Labour
Aberdeenshire West and Kincardine1. Conservative
2. Labour
Airdrie and Shotts1. Labour
2. Conservative
AngusConservative
Argyll and Bute1. Conservative
2. Liberal Democrat
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock1. Conservative
2. Labour
Ayrshire Central1. Conservative
2. Labour
Ayrshire North and Arran1. Conservative
2. Labour
Banff and BuchanConservative
Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk1. Conservative
2. Labour
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross1. Liberal Democrat
2. Conservative
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill1. Labour
2. Conservative
Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch EastLabour
Dumfries and Galloway1. Conservative
2. Labour
Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale1. Conservative
2. Labour
Dunbartonshire East1. Liberal Democrat
2. Conservative
Dunbartonshire WestLabour
Dundee East1. Conservative
2. Labour
Dundee WestLabour
Dunfermline and Fife West1. Labour
2. Conservative
East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow1. Labour
2. Conservative
East Lothian1. Labour
2. Conservative
Edinburgh East1. Labour
2. Conservative
Edinburgh North and Leith1. Labour
2. Conservative
Edinburgh South West1. Conservative
2. Labour
Edinburgh West1. Liberal Democrat
2. Conservative
Falkirk1. Labour
2. Conservative
Fife North East1. Liberal Democrat
2. Conservative
Glasgow CentralLabour
Glasgow East1. Labour
2. Conservative
Glasgow North1. Labour
2. Conservative
Glasgow North EastLabour
Glasgow North West1. Labour
2. Conservative
Glasgow South1. Labour
2. Conservative
Glasgow South WestLabour
Glenrothes1. Labour
2. Conservative
Gordon1. Conservative
2. Labour
Inverclyde1. Labour
2. Conservative
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey1. Conservative
2. Labour
Kilmarnock and Loudoun1. Labour
2. Conservative
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath1. Labour
2. Conservative
Lanark and Hamilton East1. Conservative
2. Labour
Linlithgow and Falkirk East1. Labour
2. Conservative
Livingston1. Labour
2. Conservative
Midlothian1. Labour
2. Conservative
MorayConservative
Motherwell and Wishaw1. Labour
2. Conservative
Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Western Isles)1. Labour
2. Conservative
Ochil and South Perthshire1. Conservative
2. Labour
Orkney and Shetland1. Liberal Democrat
2. Labour
Paisley and Renfrewshire North1. Labour
2. Conservative
Paisley and Renfrewshire South1. Labour
2. Conservative
Perth and North PerthshireConservative
Renfrewshire East1. Conservative
2. Labour
Ross, Skye and Lochaber1. Conservative
2. Liberal Democrat
Rutherglen and Hamilton West1. Labour
2. Conservative
Stirling1. Conservative
2. Labour

Non-SNP constituencies where they are too far behind for tactical voting against them to be worth it

Our recommendation: Vote for whichever party you like.

Scotland
Edinburgh South

SNP held constituencies where their lead is probably too large for tactical voting to make a difference

There are no such constituencies.

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