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The British Election Study claims there was no “youthquake” last June. It’s wrong

This latest election “debunking” doesn’t come off

By Peter Kellner  

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on stage at Glastonbury in 2017. Photo: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

As a rule I enjoy attempts to debunk conventional wisdom. It is not done enough. However, I am not sure the authors of the latest such exercise have proved their case.

This is how the authors of the British Election Study (BES) have upended one of the most widely held beliefs about last year’s general election:

“The Labour ‘youthquake’ explanation looks to become an assumed fact about the 2017 election. The Oxford English Dictionary even…

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