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PremierLeague-News.Com - With a low turn out in Wakefield and voters switching to Lib Dems in Tiverton, Labour is not fully capitalising on alienation

Uk News Labour's Wakefield victory will be a false dawn if Starmer doesn't inspire more voters United Kingdom news

PremierLeague-News.Com - With a low turn out in Wakefield and voters switching to Lib Dems in Tiverton, Labour is not fully capitalising on alienation

Uk News  Labour's Wakefield victory will be a false dawn if Starmer doesn't inspire more voters United Kingdom news
24 June 2022 - 08:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The Tories are toxic. Voters at different ends of the country overwhelmingly rejected the Conservatives at the ballot box yesterday. Labour regained Wakefield on a 12.7 per cent swing, while a gargantuan 29.9 per cent swing transformed Tiverton & Honiton from Tory blue to Lib Dem yellow.That the Liberal Democrats have taken one of the safest Conservatives seats in the country will send shivers down the spines of Tory MPs. There are nearly 300 Conservative MPs with a seat that is less safe than Tiverton and Honiton. None of them will be feeling safe this morning. This was the largest ever majority (24,239) overturned in a by-election win in British electoral history.The raft of Tory MPs elected in the so called “Red Wall” will also be looking over their shoulders after Labour regained Wakefield with a swing that would retake most of those seats.After weeks of a low-level briefing campaign against Keir Starmer by some of his own shadow cabinet, the result in Wakefield should take some pressure off the Labour leader as he has won back a seat lost at the 2019 general election.With the salience of Brexit demoted, Boris Johnson toxic, and the previous Conservative MP now serving a prison sentence for sexually assaulting a child, it is unsurprising that Labour has regained the seat. And it is the collapse of the Conservative vote that should worry Tory backbenchers.For Starmer this demonstrates progress from his by-election loss in Hartlepool, and from the narrower-than-expected hold in the Batley & Spen by-election where Labour’s share of the vote and majority reduced.Labour’s campaign got off to an inauspicious start when Simon Lightwood was selected as the Labour candidate after the party HQ reportedly blocked Jack Hemingway (the deputy leader of the council) from standing, prompting the resignation of the local party executive.But by Wednesday this week Keir Starmer was confident enough that Labour would regain Wakefield that he used Prime Minister’s Questions to joke about whether “the public will vote for a Tory who even his own side do not think is up to it” – a reference to both the Conservative candidate in Wakefield and the ailing Prime Minister.Experienced campaigner Louise Haigh MP, who steered Labour’s by-election campaign, has delivered Labour’s first by-election gain since the Northamptonshire seat of Corby in 2012 when the sitting Conservative MP Louise Mensch departed for a life in New York. Labour won Corby a decade ago with a 12.

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. The reversal in Wakefield is similar (12.7 per cent).But the Corby by-election victory proved pyrrhic with the Tories regaining the seat at the subsequent 2015 election. Turnout is often lower in by-elections, but the turnout in Wakefield of under 40 per cent points to a lack of enthusiasm for any party.More from OpinionPrince Charming's awkward encounter is key to UK's diplomatic power23 June, 2022Why we don't need to panic about the return of polio23 June, 2022Grant Shapps, emulating Mrs Thatcher is one thing but trying to outdo her rarely ends well23 June, 2022Both of Thursday’s by-elections have only confirmed what the local elections told us in May: the Tories are toxic, but Labour is not fully capitalising on that alienation. Conservative voters are still more likely to stay at home or drift to the Lib Dems than to consider Labour – and many Labour voters remain underwhelmed.And that suggests that if the Conservatives dumped the toxic tenant currently occupying Downing Street their fortunes could revive. Last night’s election results provide ammunition to those in his own party who are gunning for Johnson.Having tried a no confidence vote less than three weeks ago, the only route might be a spree of ministerial resignations. That may have started this morning with Conservative chairman’s Oliver Dowden’s departure, declaring “someone has to take responsibility” – a clear jibe at the responsibility-evading Prime Minister – and, in another pointed phrase, making clear he will “remain loyal to the Conservative Party”, not to Boris Johnson.The conundrum for Labour is that if they were performing better – and were seen as more of a threat to the Conservatives – it might hasten Johnson’s demise. But that might give a new leader a honeymoon period, which could quickly expose as tenuous Labour’s assumption that it can win by default without ever taking a position that might have to be defended or argued for.The case against Johnson has already been prosecuted by the Metropolitan Police. He’s guilty in law and toxic in the court of public opinion. The forensic Keir Starmer needs not to scrutinise but to prosecute an argument against Conservative economic policy. In the absence of that, Starmer’s win in Wakefield may prove as much of a false dawn as Corby was for Ed Miliband 10 years ago.Andrew Fisher is a former executive director of policy for Labour

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