Official campaign graphic – promoted by former NE MP Jenny Chapman – ignores areas of greatest Labour losses in GE19
An official campaign graphic for Keir Starmer’s bid for the Labour leadership suggests that the party doesn’t need to win back the more than fifty leave-voting seats it lost in the general election.
The image shows Starmer above bold, capitalised text listing the areas ‘we’ need to win. Scotland, Wales, the south-east and south-west all get a mention:
But the north-east, north-west, Yorkshire and the Midlands – in which the vast majority of Labour’s lost seats are situated – are not mentioned.
The graphic is authentic and not a spoof – it was tweeted earlier this month by, among others, Starmer’s campaign chair Jenny Chapman, whose name appears as promoter at the foot of the image:
Ironically, the parliamentary seat Chapman lost in December is Darlington – a leave seat in the north-east of England. Neither Ms Chapman nor the Starmer campaign appear to have put out an alternative version mentioning the omitted areas.
Many Labour supporters have expressed concerns that any road back to power for the party runs through the leave areas that it lost because of its Brexit position – and that the architect of Labour’s referendum-and-remain swerve cannot win them back:
But Starmer’s campaign graphic, proudly shared by his supporters, suggests that he is ignoring the lost leave towns and the reality they represent.
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