LABOUR’S hard left were sharpening their knives for Sir Keir Starmer after a shock poll predicts they will lose the upcoming Hartlepool by-election.
The survey commissioned by the leftie Communication Workers Union shows the Tory party on course for a win with 49 per cent of the vote – a bump of 20 points.
Conservative candidate Jill Mortimer currently has a seven point lead over Labour’s Candidate Dr Paul Williams – a hardliner Remainer – in the Survation poll.
The seat was won by Labour’s Mike Hill at the 2019 election.
Hardliners say the loss shows Sir Keir’s first year in the top job has been a flop.
‘WORKING PEOPLE WANT THE REAL THING’
CWU leader Dave Ward said Hartlepool’s Labour voters want politicians with “a moral backbone” who are true to their personal beliefs.
He said: “Working people want the real thing – politicians that have a moral backbone, that can tell you what they believe because it’s an integral part of who they are and not because it was approved by a focus group and a handful of the political elite.”
He said the Labour leader has been “obsessed over telling people he isn’t Jeremy Corbyn”.
Labour insiders said the Tories would have won the seat without the Brexit Party splitting the vote – and the polling takes into account Boris Johnson’s vaccine bounce.
The Sun says
WE’RE not writing off Keir Starmer quite yet. Not even his chances of hanging on to Hartlepool. But it’s not looking good.
It is obvious now that Corbyn’s 2019 election annihilation flattered Labour.
It clung on to some northern seats solely because the Brexit Party cost the Tories thousands of votes.
A new poll in Hartlepool seems to show the Tories cruising to by-election victory next month with Nigel Farage retired. It would be little surprise.
It’s not just that Labour is dominated by metropolitan liberal Remainers who would rejoin the EU today given the chance, and who blindly champion every woke cause imaginable.
Even worse, it is also still infested with Corbynite Marxist idiots whose hate-filled, student-union politics repels working-class voters.
We warned Starmer to expel the lot. He didn’t — and it will cost him.
A Labour source said: “Labour would have lost Hartlepool in 2019 had it not been for the Brexit Party.
“In the context of the vaccine bounce, the Conservatives should take this seat.”
While Tory insiders say: “The only poll that matters is the one on 6th May.”