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Are the Tories really becoming the party of “working people”? Not if union membership is anything to go by

Definitions of class are complex and contested. But it appears Labour is still the party of the workers—or, at least, the unionised ones

Theresa May wasted no time in ditching George Osborne—but she clung on to his provocative rhetoric about turning the Conservatives into the party of “working people.” In the event, in June’s vote the Tories proved to be the party of pensioners, with Labour having the edge amongst those of working age.

Definitions of class are complex and contested. But analysis of the British Election Study (BES), published here for the first time, affirms that Labour remains the party of workers, or at…

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