Keir Starmer warned Labour’s ‘red wall’ could be further depleted in crucial by-election

Labour: Expert discusses ‘Red Wall’ seats

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The Labour party leader is currently trailing Boris Johnson in the polls and faces a struggle to hold onto key northern working-class constituencies in England according to Professor Godwin. Sir Keir Starmer faces the first electoral test of his leadership in the Hartlepool by-election next month. Professor Goodwin has hinted that Labour could fail to keep out the Tory party in the “red wall” Labour heartland seat on May 6, as well as many other marginal seats at the next General Election.

The Professor of Politics at Kent University told BBC Politics: “I think the important thing for Labour to remember is there are a lot more seats in the red wall that could still fall to the Conservatives.

“That have fallen into marginal status, that could be won by a very small swing to the Conservatives.

“I think so far we have heard a lot about the economic story, how Labour want to get back into the economic story.

“But unfortunately are politics is also being pulled apart by these cultural divides.

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He continued: “One of these divides I think is really about whether people feel that political leaders are on the side of the country.

“That those political leaders believe in the country, whether they are comfortable with patriotism and all of the things that voters, particularly in red wall seats, really care about.

“If you look at the polling data and the evidence on where Labour is at the moment I think one of the big concerns for Keir Starmer and his team is that they don’t seem to be cutting through on cultural factors.

“That is a really big problem because we can see that the Conservatives are very willing to talk about those issues to talk about Brexit, about power and influence, levelling up and all those kinds of things.

Keir Starmer gets thrown out of pub by landlord

Professor Goodwin added: “It is very difficult now for Labour.

“Because we are not in that early 1990s period where you might remember Bill Clinton strategist once said ‘It’s the economy stupid,’ 

“Well it is no longer just the economy stupid, it is the economy and culture stupid.

“Labour are currently struggling to adapt to that new reality.”


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It comes as Keir Starmer was kicked out of a pub in Bath by an irate landlord while out campaigning in the city.

Rod Humphris, landlord of the Raven pub and lifetime Labour party voter is reported to have stopped Sir Keir from entering his pub and confronted him in the street.

The incident captured on camera by reporters shows the landlord shouting, “that man is not allowed in my pub” and “get out of my pub” while being held back by security guards.

Sir Keir left the pub following the confrontation, accompanied by members of his team.


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