Election POLL: Labour turns back on north – are they now champagne socialists? VOTE HERE

Express.co.uk is asking you, our readers, has the Labour Party become champagne socialists? Jeremy Corbyn has been warned he could lose Labour heartland votes in the upcoming December 12 election by Onward think tank director Will Tanner, who said there has been a “really big collapse in the Labour vote”. Labour could suffer a huge loss of votes in Northern “rugby league towns” because the Labour Party’s politics have become more metropolitan and liberal.

Mr Tanner said the party was now more interested in urban issues than that of working to secure people’s employment and the cost of living.

His comments come as YouGov predicted Boris Johnson will receive a majority of 359, a 41 seat increase on the 318 seats they won in 2017.

The YouGov poll analysis found that most seats changing hands are ones that Labour won in 2017 that are now set to be taken by the Conservatives.

What happens in these constituencies is the most important dynamic in deciding whether Boris Johnson has a majority, and how large it ends up being.

Of the 76 Labour-held seats where they lead the Tories by fewer than 8,000 votes, Jeremy Corbyn’s party is currently behind in 43 of them.

The Conservatives also lead by one point in Leigh in Greater Manchester, which Labour won last time with a majority of 9,554.

But the swing is not uniform across all of these seats.

There are much larger swings in the more pro-leave seats, allowing the Tories to gain Tom Watson’s old seat of West Bromwich East, a 9percent swing, and win in Caroline Flint’s constituency of Don Valley, 9percent swing.

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Yet, behind the scenes, strategists are instigating a switch from going after Tory marginals to consolidating seats they already hold and trying to win back leave voters.

The party suffered a bruising result in last week’s YouGov MRP poll, which put Labour on just 211 seats, its lowest since 1983.

Mr Corbyn said: “Our campaign is in every part of the country.

“I am travelling all around the country.

“I say the same thing at every place I go.

“I don’t have one message for one group,”

“I say the same message everywhere.

“Vote Labour in order to get a government that will deal with the inequalities and poverty and injustice austerity has heaped on this country.”

It plans to hammer home the benefits of a pared-down set of its manifesto commitments that will put money directly in the pockets of voters in these constituencies.

Labour strategists also said they will focus relentlessly on the risk of returning Boris Johnson to No 10 for five years, and seek to make the election a binary choice between Labour and the Tories in the hope of squeezing the Liberal Democrat vote further.


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