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The Mansfield Test: what the data in one constituency tells us about Labour’s class problem

Corbyn is not responsible for Labour losing touch with the working class, but it is essential that action is taken now to resolve the problem

By Craig Berry  

Mansfield is a useful test case for Labour's working class support.

Before the 2017 election, Labour had held Mansfield for 95 years. This is not to suggest that Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership is solely or even principally to blame for this particular loss. But there is no doubt that the Corbyn surge has changed the complexion of Labour’s electoral base.

Brexit is a crucial part of this story—but not the whole picture. Mansfield’s support for leaving the EU in June 2016 was 70 per cent. But this archetypal ‘left behind’…

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