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Election 2015: how can Labour stop Ukip in the north?

The party must reconnect with the concerns of its traditional voters before it's too late

By Paul Routledge  

Labour is fast losing support to Ukip in its traditional heartland; the North. © Andrew Tryon

It was the vote that did not quite dare to speak its name—but not any more. Voting Ukip has become a badge of defiance, non-conformity—pride, even—in the pubs of Yorkshire, particularly the post-industrial south and west, Labour’s traditional heartland. I suspect that much the same is true for northern England as a whole. You might call it…

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