Jeremy Corbyn could suffer a huge loss of votes in Northern Rugby League towns as the Labour Party’s politics have become more metropolitan and liberal. Will Tanner explained the party is now more interested in urban issues than that of working to secure people’s employment and the cost of living. His comments come as YouGov predicted Boris Johnson will receive a majority of 359 – a 41 seat increase on the 318 seats they won in 2017.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Tanner said: “Without doing specific research, the things we’ve noticed in the data are first, a really big collapse in the Labour vote.
“These people, especially in places like Workington, have tended to be for generations Labour strongholds and if you look at the other seats we identified as the Rugby League towns – Wigan, Warrington, Dewsbury, Castleford.
“These types of places are longstanding Labour seats, several of whom have not been Conservative in the last one hundred years.
“Suddenly they are in play for the Conservative Party.
“We would say there are a number of factors that play.
“One is the collapse of the Labour vote which I think is partly as a result of Jeremy Corbyn’s relatively weak Brexit position.
“But it’s also I think indicative of the fact Labour is becoming a much more metropolitan, you might call, a Liberal party in many respects.
“They’re engaging in politics of identity.
He continued: “It will be a monumental task to get over something like a 16,000 majority in Wigan.
“There have been two world wars since Wigan last voted Conservative at a general election.
“Workington has never returned to Conservative at a general election since 1918.
“We are bucking historical trends here but what you’ve got to understand is the scale of Labour collapse in lots of these towns.”