They're further back in Harlow than in 2010. It's not the only place like that, though Essex-Kent seems to be particularly bad. Like the hated US Democrats, Corbyn seems to be doing better with the middle class and worse with the working class than he should. You'd think politics were harder than it looked or something.youngian wrote:The fact that Labour didn't take a seat like Harlow shows Corbyn has a lot of work to do.Tubby Isaacs wrote: Labour ought to be in with a decent shout in working class urban seats in the south outside Hard-Kipper Kent and Essex. Though even in Essex they were close in Thurrock.
A lot of this is doubtless down to Brexit, but equally, what did Corbyn offer to his supposed working class core? The Tories at least cut their income tax and kept petrol cheap. Free university isn't any use if you don't go. I suppose there was the minimum wage promise, but the policies were not in aggregate all that progressive.