Newspaper endorsements in the United Kingdom general election, 2010

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During the 2010 United Kingdom general election, a number of newspapers made endorsements of a political party. Here is an incomplete list.

A number of newspapers changed their endorsements from the previous general election, in 2005. The most notable changes were those of the Sun, the Times, the Sunday Times and the News of the World (all owned by News International), to the Conservative Party, having all backed Labour since 1997.

The Financial Times, the Evening Standard, The Economist also switched their endorsement from Labour to the Conservatives. The Liberal Democrats picked up the endorsement of The Guardian and The Observer, but lost the endorsement of The Independent.

National newspapers[edit]

Daily newspapers[edit]

Newspaper Party endorsed Notes Link
Daily Express Conservative Party [1]
Daily Mail Conservative Party [2]
Daily Mirror Labour Party[1]
Daily Star None[1]
Daily Telegraph Conservative Party [3]
Financial Times Conservative Party Backed Labour in 2005. [4]
Guardian Liberal Democrats[1] Backed Labour and Lib Dems in 2005. Supports anti-Conservative tactical voting with view to pro-electoral reform coalition [5]
Independent None Supports proportional representation. Urged anti-Conservative tactical voting. [6]
Morning Star None Calls for a Labour vote where Communist or similar left-wing candidates are not standing [7]
Sun Conservative Party[1] Backed Labour in 2005. [8]
Times Conservative Party[1] Backed Labour in 2005. [9]

Sunday newspapers[edit]

Newspaper Party endorsed Notes Link
Independent on Sunday None[1] Supports a hung parliament. [10]
Mail on Sunday Conservative Party[1] [11]
News of the World Conservative Party[1] Backed Labour in 2005. [12]
Observer Liberal Democrats[1] Backed Labour in 2005. [13]
Sunday Mirror Labour Party[1]
People None[1] Supports a hung parliament. [14]
Sunday Express Conservative Party[1] [15]
Sunday Telegraph Conservative Party[1] [16]
Sunday Times Conservative Party[1] Backed Labour in 2005. [17]

News magazines[edit]

Newspaper Party endorsed Notes Link
Economist Conservative Party Backed Labour in 2005. [18]
New Statesman None Anti-Conservative tactical voting. [19]
Spectator Conservative Party [20]

Regional newspapers[edit]

England[edit]

Newspaper Party endorsed Notes Link
City A.M. Conservative Party [21]
Evening Standard Conservative Party [22]
Express & Star
Liverpool Echo Labour Party
Manchester Evening News Labour Party
Metro
Yorkshire Post Conservative Party

Northern Ireland[edit]

Newspaper Party endorsed Notes Link
Belfast Telegraph None[2] [23]
Irish News None[2]
News Letter None Pro-Unionist Parties. Back Unity candidate Rodney Connor. [24]

Scotland[edit]

Newspaper Party endorsed Notes Link
Daily Record Labour Party [25]
Herald None [26]
Scotsman None

Wales[edit]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Brown says last days of campaign will be 'crucial'". BBC News. 2 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Philpott, Mike (5 May 2010). "What the papers say". BBC News.