Conservative cities? Yes, in the UK

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In the United States, central cities lean towards left-wing parties (even in affluent areas like the Upper West Side of New York) while suburbs and exurbs lean right.  But as we learned this week in the United Kingdom, this is not true everywhere.  London's urban core is the Cities of London and Westminister district, which gave the governing Conservatives 54 percent of their vote this week, and almost as much in 2010.  Next-door Chelsea gave the Tories an even larger majority.  

Why is this?  I defer to the knowledge of people more familiar with U.K politics than I.


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