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As safe as houses? Why the exodus from London could be a poisoned chalice for Labour

An exodus of university-educated, middle-class professionals seems to have improved Labour's prospects across the South East. But money always talks at the ballot box eventually

By Chaminda Jayanetti  

Labour voters are leaving London—and changing the electoral map. But will they remain Labour voters? Photo: PA/Prospect composite

When Rosie Duffield stunned the political establishment by winning Canterbury for Labour at last year’s snap election, it slotted neatly into the “youthquake” narrative of the time.

The base for two universities, the Kentish cathedral city turned red for the first time on a gigantic swing from the Conservatives, for whom it had served as an impregnable fiefdom even in the wipe-out years of 1997 and 1945. It seemed self-evident that the…

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