Students going home could put 35 Tory seats at risk in election, analysis says

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Higher Education Policy Institute research suggests that holding ballot in summer break may be strategic error

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More than 30 Tory seats are at risk of changing hands because of students returning home for the summer holidays, according to new analysis of how student voters could influence the outcome of the UK’s general election.

The cabinet minister Esther McVey’s Tatton constituency is one of the 35 suburban or rural seats where Conservative hopes could be dashed by students registered to vote at their family home, rather than their university term-time address.

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