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Labour needs to embrace aspiration to appeal to the whole country—not just the “red wall”

Voters across the UK want pragmatic optimism from politicians, not anger and condescension

By Rachel Sylvester  

Starmer campaigning in Hartlepool. Photo: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Last week’s election results were like a political Rorschach test for the Labour Party. Everyone interpreted the ink blot in the way that fitted their pre-existing perception of the world.

To one faction, the defeat in the Hartlepool by-election was evidence of a need to veer to the radical left; to another it was proof that Keir Starmer needs to do more to woo Leave voters. What the first group saw as a butterfly, the second interpreted as a man on a motorbike, but all sides are in danger of missing the bigger picture.

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