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PremierLeague-News.Com - The Labour leader needs to convince blue-collar, working-class voters in the North East his party can help them
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Both Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer have been doing their best to downplay expectations ahead of Thursday’s by-election in Hartlepool. An eyebrow-raising survey by Survation, which has the Tories winning 50 per cent of the vote, suggests that only one of them is being honest when it comes to their hopes at the polling booth.While the poll should be taken with a pinch of salt – coming from a sample of just 500 people – it suggests Labour, and Keir Starmer in particular, could be in for a tough time. Yet, it would be harsh to judge the Labour leader on this by-election alone. Hartlepool would almost certainly have turned Conservative along with many other neighbouring “red wall” seats in 2019 had it not been for a strong showing by the Brexit Party in the election. Boris Johnson campaigning in Hartlepool. Keir Starmer is struggling to break his domination of the political limelight. Photo: PAConsistent polling suggests that the 25 per cent of voters who backed the Brexit Party in 2019 are now opting for the Tories.
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. News and analysis, direct from Westminster to your inboxEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription. Read More Hartlepool by-election poll suggests stinging defeat for Labour in the ‘red wall’ seat as Tories surge ahead What should concern the Labour leadership is that, despite being more than a year into the job, Starmer has not convinced those voters his party is a home for blue-collar, working-class voters in the North East. As the former director of public prosecutions said on Tuesday, the party has a “mountain to climb” to return Labour to where it once stood. “I don’t think anybody realistically thought that it was possible to turn the Labour Party round from the worst general election result since 1935 to a position to win the next general election within a period of one year,” he said.The challenge has been undoubtedly harder coming at a time of global pandemic, but voters will soon be expecting to hear what the Labour leader’s defining message is and why they should back him. As it stands, he has found it difficult to eclipse Johnson’s limelight on the political stage. Until he finds a way, Starmer may discover that Hartlepool’s switch from red to blue is just the bottom of the mountain he faces.
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