The below map show how things ended up in 2005. As you can see the country was painted blue and Howard was ushered in on a wave of xenophobic and, Labour won by miles.
The Tories have rural seats and that’s why the country looks so blue. The below map offers a more hexagonal, population based, proportional view which makes the rough parity between Labour and Conservatives more clear.
Something useful from The Telegraph… first time for everything.