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Labour’s great unravelling

Labour is now the party of the big cities, but it's shrivelling in its heartlands

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

Shortly before Christmas, I attended a conference on the future of the European left in Budapest. The British participants were particularly exercised by the fate of what David Goodhart, former editor of Prospect, called the “Hampstead-Humberside alliance”—the political union of the metropolitan liberal intelligentsia and industrial working class on which the Labour Party’s electoral fortunes had long been built.

Two numbers isolated from the blizzard of data disgorged by last night’s general election suggest that this alliance has unravelled—and they have serious implications for…

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