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Labour’s heartlands are Remain not Leave. Someone tell Corbyn

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25.06.2019

The ongoing drama of the Tory leadership contest, and Labour’s ongoing shift towards support for a second referendum and Remain is disguising the very real shift in voting intention since the spring. What looks like business as usual in Westminster has not been mirrored in the country at large.

Both Labour and the Conservatives are now at below 20 per cent, according to YouGov’s most recent poll. If the Labour Party is to regain support and stand any chance of winning an election we need to swiftly change our position, to not only back a second referendum, but to wholeheartedly back Remain. The data is unequivocal and adds telling context to the devastation faced by the Labour Party in both the local and European elections. We are losing swathes of our voters to Remain supporting parties, with the Lib Dems now polling ahead of both Labour and the Conservatives, and with the Green Party building more support.

The small rump of Labour MPs who stand by the Lexit doctrine, arguing that a switch to supporting Remain would lose the party seats in its “heartlands”, must face up to the data which clearly shows that the Labour Party could lose far more seats if it continues its precarious fence sitting on Brexit. No one really believes that Labour stands any real chance of sweeping up substantial Brexiteer voters if it switched to a definite pro-Brexit position. Whatever ordinary people’s original........

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