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People Explain Why They Voted For The Conservatives

The Conservatives defied the polls to win a majority of seats in the House of Commons. What motivated people to vote Tory?

Last week, the Conservatives won a majority of seats in the general election, defying months of polls that suggested there would be another hung parliament.

Here's to a brighter future for everyone.

This led to a lot of confusion, shock, and anger from left-wing voters.

and unfortunately if you voted tory (no matter what u think) you lie on the side of the elite, an old outdated and selfish system

All I can say is if you become affected by the messed up policies in the next 5 years and you voted Tory, you have yourself to blame.

But one woman on Reddit just wanted to know why people voted for the Conservatives, and she received some really diverse answers.

One user said it was because the Conservative candidate was a good local MP.

To me, it was down to a local issue.

Our MP (Tory) has stepped in a fair few times to give local events and causes a needed boost in a otherwise forgotten area.

Without him our town would of lost out on the new schools and facilities we desperately need, promised 15 years ago by Lab/Lib councils. Wasn't much information from the other candidates about what they'd do for local or in parliament except party snippets..

So sorry, I voted for someone who does his job well, unfortunately this was part of a national system/party I don't agree with.

This view was echoed by another user.

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Another said they were influenced by their local MP, but also referenced Labour's economic record.

I didn't vote Tory, I voted for my local MP who is a member of the Conservative party. He did a good job in the past 5 years and is much better than the labour candidate. Thinking about my decision on a national level, the Labour party does not inspire any faith in me with regards to the economy.

Some people voted Conservative to stop UKIP, even if they didn't really want to.

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This person said their decision was largely shaped by their dislike of rival local candidates.

I voted for my MP rather than the Conservatives, i don't know if i made the right decision. I have always disliked Theresa May and it was almost enough to put me off the idea of voting for my MP as he is in the same party.

I haven't experienced any problems with the NHS, i'm also not really bothered about it being private or nationalised as long as it's free at the point of use.

I'm a student at the moment however i don't really view the £36k i owe as anything more then a graduate tax. The current system seems to be a way of securing more funding for universities against those who use it, i don't think there is much wrong with that. I think Free higher education is a better idea however. My MP voted against tuition fee rises.

Im really really worried i made the wrong decision, i would have voted for the Lib dems but i've met the candidate for my constituency and he is fucking nuts. Labour are Conservatives Lite (same ideas, none of the sugar) i don't see the point in voting for Labour at all. I agree with a lot of Green party policies and view many of them as utopian, i think this might be why i automatically am wary of them, I think their borrowing plans are astronomical and practically naive. I'm not voting for UKIP because i like being european in the EU sense and i don't think isolationism is the panacea Ukippers think it is.

Tactical voting played a part for many users. This was another person who said the only strong candidate who wasn't UKIP was a Conservative.

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A former civil servant said he didn't trust Labour not to ruin the economy.

I felt the previous Lab government were over-spending whist in power, and their softer approach to reducing the budget deficit with promises of investment this time round lead me to feel they still have a similar economic approach. Correctly or incorrectly, I think lowering / ending the deficit will make the UK more resilient and stable in the future, and I didn't feel Labour takes this as a primary driving concern.

I think our services are suffering because of bad management and terrible procurement procedures. I was in the civil service for quite a few years, I saw deals where already overpriced equipment is delayed for years and the public purse forks out a few million for obsolete technology. And then they go back to the same companies and consortium and sign another shitty deal that is late and over budget again and again.

A number of non-jobs exist where people have been employed for years but there's no balls to get rid of them, alongside over worked staff getting signed off long term for genuine stress, and the consultants on a few hundred notes a day, and god knows why there were there, seemingly mostly wandering around in expensive suites and drinking coffee.

Other users just thought that they shouldn't pay tax on the first £10,000 of any salary they earn, as the Conservatives proposed.

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This person claimed that there would be welfare cuts against any elected government but that the system would be more stable in the long term with the Conservatives in charge.

More people than if we go all if we prop welfare and health on a economy built on a house of cards. It's all very well trying to maintain the same level of support as previously but what happens when the money runs out, another recession hits and suddenly even the left acknowledge they have to make cuts to save it.

It's a fallacy to believe that people wouldn't be suffering regardless of the results, and it's the belief of myself (and probably others) that the conservatives will be able to provide a more sustainable welfare and health system in the long term (and I'm talking 10-20 years from 2010).

One said they voted Tory because a growing economy was the best way to ensure people were kept out of poverty, even if foodbanks are on the rise.

I worry about all society. At the moment we have checks and balances for them. The NHS looks after them, food banks feeding the poor twice a year (up to 1 million people twice a year according to data) is shitty. I don't like that.

But if we go off course with recovery by tanking lots of money trying to fix those other problems, we'll be putting even more people on the bread line. So your care for 1 million people, turns into your care for 10 million people.

It isn't that we don't believe they will suffer, we know they will, we hate it too. We just believe that when you look at the bigger picture - it is clear that this is the lesser of two evils and we can actually fix one after the other. Yet if you go the other way and fix that first, the economy tanks then you break both.

Finally – If we can sort this fucking deficit out, and bring in a surplus budget, if we kill off debt – we can free ourselves of around 34 billion in interest repayments a year. That's like our entire welfare budget. Think of what we can do with that money unlocked?

Finally, some just didn't think Ed Miliband was up to the job of prime minister.

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Siraj Datoo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Siraj Datoo at siraj.datoo@buzzfeed.com.

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