The result of the Hartlepool by-election seems to show that voters prefer the Tory they know than the Tory they don’t. And that it wasn’t so much Corbyn that led to Labour’s rout in the December 2019 general election as its anti-Brexit line, of which the chief architect was . . . Sir Keith Starmer. Not a bad achievement to do worse than Corbyn.
Well, given the Tories got roughly the number of votes they got in 2017 and won by a good margin, I think this isn’t covid bounce, I’ve seen it described as a voter strike, which I think is fair enough.
Hartlepool must feel deeply abandoned, and the machinations of the Labour machine really did not help.
They said on the news that the last time Hartlepool had a Tory MP was in 1964 but I don’t know whether that was before or after the General Election in October that year which retuned Labour to power under Harold Wilson after what they called “14 years of Tory misrule”. In any event if Hartlepool was that much of a “red wall” constituency how come it had a Tory MP until 1964?