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Class in the election The 2005 election points to a return to the class/regional basis of British politics, obscured by New Labour’s 1997 and 2001 triumphs. London and the southeast are by far the richest of Britain’s regions. In London, Labour’s 2001 vote share of 47.3 per cent fell to 38.9 (exacerbated by Muslim and leftist Lib Dem defectors)—a drop of 17.8 per cent. A similar proportionate drop was seen in the southeast. The next richest group of regions comprises the eastern region, the east Midlands and Scotland. Here the proportionate drop in Labour’s share was 14.1 per cent. The…

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