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Seats visited by the main party leaders so far during the election campaign

All three leaders have continued to spend most of their time in seats being defended by the Conservatives.

Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer visited a school in Eston, Middlesbrough, on the campaign trail this week
Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer visited a school in Eston, Middlesbrough, on the campaign trail this week (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

With just under three weeks to go until polling day, and more than half of the campaign over, the main party leaders show little sign of deviating from the travel patterns they established on day one.

All three are continuing to focus almost exclusively on seats the Conservatives are defending at the election, with very few visits elsewhere.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has held events in some constituencies where the Tories have notional majorities of more than 20,000.

Seats visited by the main party leaders during the campaign so far
Seats visited by the main party leaders during the campaign so far (Press Association Images)

By contrast, when Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and his Liberal Democrat counterpart Sir Ed Davey have appeared in seats being defended by their own parties, they have typically been brief visits or set piece occasions such as manifesto launches.

Here are details of all the seats visited by the main three party leaders so far, from the first day of the campaign on Thursday May 23 up to and including Friday June 14, based on analysis by the PA news agency.

– Rishi Sunak

The Prime Minister has visited 33 constituencies since the start of the campaign, with the vast majority – 30 – being seats his own party is defending.

He has held an event in only one seat that is being defended by Labour (Blyth & Ashington), along with one seat defended by the SNP (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross) and one by the DUP (Belfast East).

Of the 30 Conservative-held seats Mr Sunak has visited, 18 are being targeted by Labour and 12 are being targeted by the Liberal Democrats.

The Labour targets visited by the Prime Minister are, in order of vulnerability: Bury North (number seven on Labour’s target list), Stroud (number 14), Vale of Glamorgan (22), Milton Keynes Central (46), Redcar (51), Cities of London & Westminster (56), Bishop Auckland (90), Crawley (92), Harrow East (94), Stoke-on-Trent North (103), Macclesfield (109), Erewash (120), Great Grimsby & Cleethorpes (134), Swindon North (161), Northamptonshire South (295), Cannock Chase (304), Thirsk & Malton (319) and Richmond & Northallerton (343).

The Lib Dem targets visited by Mr Sunak are Wimbledon (number three on the Lib Dems’ target list), St Ives (number 16), Didcot & Wantage (27), Wokingham (35), Harpenden & Berkhamsted (51), Melksham & Devizes (66), Horsham (68), Chesham & Amersham (76), Devon Central (121), Cornwall South East (153), Hinckley & Bosworth (194) and Honiton & Sidmouth (266).

A profile of the Wokingham constituency
A profile of the Wokingham constituency (Press Association Images)

The Lib Dems would take Wimbledon on a swing of 0.8 percentage points and Labour would take Bury North on a swing of 1.2 points.

By contrast, Honiton & Sidmouth would fall to the Lib Dems on a swing of 25.5 points, while Richmond & Northallerton – Rishi Sunak’s own seat – would fall to Labour on a swing of 23.5 points.

– Sir Keir Starmer

The Labour leader has visited 27 constituencies since the start of the campaign, 19 of which are being defended by the Conservatives, two by the SNP, one by the Greens and five by Labour.

The 19 Tory seats that Sir Keir has visited are Bury North (number seven on Labour’s target list), Bolton North East (number eight), Vale of Glamorgan (22), Chipping Barnet (37), Redcar (51), Crewe & Nantwich (60), Worcester (70), Worthing East & Shoreham (76), Uxbridge & South Ruislip (84), South Ribble (95), Stevenage (98), Finchley & Golders Green (105), Monmouthshire (111), Great Grimsby & Cleethorpes (134), Stafford (153), Thurrock (156), Halesowen (159), Nuneaton (171) and Gillingham & Rainham (201).

A profile of the Great Grimsby & Cleethorpes constituency
A profile of the Great Grimsby & Cleethorpes constituency (Press Association Images)

The swings needed by Labour to win these seats from the Tories range from 1.2 percentage points in Bury North to 16.5 points in Gillingham & Rainham.

The two SNP seats visited by Sir Keir are Glasgow East (number 83 on the target list) and Inverclyde & Renfrewshire West (102) while the Green seat is Brighton Pavilion (213).

The five Labour defences Sir Keir has visited are Derby South, Holborn & St Pancras – the seat in which he is standing – Manchester Central, Queen’s Park & Maida Vale and Portsmouth South.

– Sir Ed Davey

The Liberal Democrat leader has visited almost as many seats as his Labour counterpart, clocking up 26 in total, 23 of which are being defended by the Conservatives, one by Labour, one by the SNP and one by the Lib Dems.

The 23 Tory seats that Sir Ed has visited are Wimbledon (number three on the Lib Dems’ target list), Cambridgeshire South (number five), Cheltenham (six), Cheadle (eight), Eastbourne (nine), Westmorland & Lonsdale (15), Winchester (19), Woking (24), Brecon, Radnor & Cwm Tawe (25), Newbury (34), Wokingham (35), Frome & East Somerset (number 43), Chippenham (45), Glastonbury & Somerton (48), Tunbridge Wells (49), Harpenden & Berkhamsted (51), Bicester & Woodstock (54), Romsey & Southampton North (59), Runnymede & Weybridge (65), Torbay (79), Stratford-on-Avon (83), Chichester (103) and Shropshire North (271), though this last seat is more plausibly a Labour target.

A profile of the Tunbridge Wells constituency
A profile of the Tunbridge Wells constituency (Press Association Images)

The swings needed by the Lib Dems to win these seats from the Tories range from 0.8 percentage points in Wimbledon to 19.3 points in Chichester, while Shropshire North would fall on a swing of 25.7 points.

The SNP seat visited by Sir Ed is Cowdenbeath & Kirkcaldy, which is much higher on Labour’s target list (number 33) than for the Lib Dems (number 186), while the one Lib Dem seat he has visited is Bath.

The Labour seat is Hackney South & Shoreditch, which hosted the venue at which he launched the Lib Dem manifesto earlier this week.