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The new working class—and why the Labour party still has a chance

Labour's support, we are told, is gentrifying. But as the social and economic landscape changes, so must our notions of "the working class"

By Jade Azim  

Manual labour is giving way to an insecure service economy. Photo: PA

The gentrification of the Labour Party—both its membership and, more significantly, its core voter—has been a matter of debate since before the Corbyn phenomenon. It’s been brought to the forefront, however, by the 2017 election, and by new voting patterns showing what many have heralded as the end of class politics.

For the first time in British electoral history, the two main parties’ vote share of C2DE votersskilled, semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers—was level. In…

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