Starmer’s party (again) pretends 2017 never happened as it tries to spin straw after by-election damp squib
Keir Starmer’s Labour has crossed the line into outright lies as it rather desperately tries to spin its uninspired performance in yesterday’s Wakefield by-election as a sign the party isn’t regarded by voters as a less honest and less interesting version of the Tories.
The party has tweeted a claim that its performance yesterday – where it lost votes against a disgraced Tory party whose outgoing MP in the area was a sex offender and was completely outshone by the blancmange-led LibDems who obliterated the Tories in the Tiverton and Honiton by-election on the same day – was the best achieved by Labour since 2001:
On a near-record low turnout, where voters stayed away in droves, Labour managed 47.9% vote share last night – just over 13,000 votes.
But in 2017 under Jeremy Corbyn, despite an uninspiring candidate, Labour achieved 49.7% – and almost 23,000 votes.
Electoral expert John Curtice has agreed with Skwawkbox’s assessment the last night’s result was poor for Labour:
Curtice also noted that a single result cannot be extrapolated into a UK-wide swing, particularly as Scotland is dominated by the SNP and not the Tories. And of course, if it could then the LibDems – who achieved a swing of 30% last night – would be the party on course for a majority, which is not going to happen.
The reality is that Wakefield was the drabbest result for a badly-led, visionless Labour in many senses to the right of the Tories, unable to look good even against a disgraced and reeling Conservative party.
Trying to polish that turd has seen Labour cross the line into outright fantasy fiction.
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