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Dear Westminster: please stop pushing your fantasy of Northern voters

Yes, representation in politics is important. But more than that, Labour's lost voters deserve a leader who understands that the North isn't one homogenous land of flat-caps and pies

By Rik Worth  

A man walks through central Manchester—a world away from the small towns that surround the city. Photo: keith vaughton/Flickr, lisenced under Creative Commons

Some of them have publicly thrown their hat into the ring, and some haven’t yet; but many of us already know where we’d like them to be from.

This election has been framed as a Labour failure rather than a Tory success and prompted critics—including myself—to call for the next Labour leader to be northern. 

This idea has faced fair criticism from northern…

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