Thursday, November 17, 2016

Conservatives on track to become party of the working class - says Labour MP

A Labour MP has told her local newspaper that Theresa May's Conservatives are on course to replace her own party as the party of the working class.

Gisela Stuart, MP for Birmingham Edgbaston, is reported in the Birmingham Mail  here as saying that Labour is seen to represent London, not the rest of the country.

The Labour MP, one of comparatively few parliamentarians for the red team who backed Leave, said that the referendum had re-engaged a large part of the working class who had become disillusioned with politics.

But there was bad news for Labour, she said.

“Even those who have been lifelong Labour voters do not see the Labour party as speaking for them. Labour is seen to represent the concerns of London rather than the country as a whole.

Many of the messages in Theresa May’s speech at the Conservative party conference, however, hit the precise concerns and aspirations we are hearing from our focus groups."

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