The target seats that each large party must win are shown in the colours of the first two columns. Essential seats for Labour to win have a light-red background in the first column, and essential seats for the Conservatives have a light-blue background in the second column. Keys battleground seats are those essential for both parties.
The predicted performance of the parties can be measured against their targets with the final column, which is the predicted winner of the seat. Labour needs its target seats to be coloured red, and the Conservatives need their target seats to be coloured blue. Both parties need to win over voters in the battleground seats.
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|Seat||MP at 2010||Electorate||Turn|
|2||601||Liverpool Walton||Peter Kilfoyle||68,235||45.1||9.12||68.77||11.77||0.00||3.60||6.75||LAB||LAB|
|300||303||Great Yarmouth||Tony Wright||68,887||60.1||40.08||43.66||7.97||0.00||0.00||8.29||LAB||LAB|
In the example we see the safest Labour seat, Knowsley, at the top of the list. It has a 'Lab Seats' score of 1 - meaning that it is the 1st strongest Labour seat in the country, and that if Labour just win it and no more, they will only have one seat in total. If the Conservatives just win Knowsley, then they will have won 602 seats. That total is less than 650, because there are 18 Northern Ireland seats plus around 30 seats won by smaller parties which are not influenced by Labour-Conservative swings. The 'Lab Seats' score for Knowsley has a light-red background colour indicating that it is a target seat that Labour must win if they are to have a majority. The predicted winner of the seat, shown in the last column, is Labour. So Labour are on target as far as this seat is concerned.
The second seat, Liverpool Walton, is similar. It has a 'Lab Seats' score of 2 - Labour will only win 2 seats if they can just win Liverpool Walton. It is also predicted to be a Labour seat.
Towards the middle of the list, Great Yarmouth has a 'Lab Seats' score of 300 and a 'Con Seats' score of 303. That means that Labour will win 300 seats if it can just barely win Great Yarmouth, and the Conservatives will win 303 seats if they can just barely win it. This puts the seat firmly in the electoral battleground for the next general election as the seat is essential to both parties. This is shown by the colouring of both the 'Lab Seats' and 'Con Seats' columns. The seat is currently predicted to be a Labour hold. Lincoln is similar.
Further down, Stafford has a 'Con Seats' score of 275 (it is an essential Conservative seat), but its 'Lab Seats' score of 328 is just greater than 325, so Labour could have a majority without winning this seat. The seat is predicted to be a Conservative gain from Labour, so the seat's name has a strong blue background colour. (The last two columns are also more coloured than usual to help visually signal the gained seat.)
At the bottom is the safest Conservative seat, Orpington. It is essential for the Conservatives, and Labour will win 602 seats if they can capture it.