Labour’s Brexit plan has steadily been moving to the Remain side. In 2017, Jeremy Corbyn’s party pledged to respect the result of the referendum and deliver Brexit. However, less than two years later, their manifesto sees a commitment to a second referendum, with many high-profile Labour politicians already claiming they will campaign for Remain.
This could risk an alienation of their pro-Leave constituents in the December 12 general election even in safe Labour seats.
Former Labour leader Ed Miliband, for example, had a majority of 33.1 percent in 2017, but 71.7 percent of his constituents in Doncaster North voted to leave in 2016.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Miliband’s rival, Brexit Party candidate Andrew Stewart, claimed many people in Doncaster feel betrayed, as the left-winger is treating them as if they were “stupid”.
Mr Stewart said: “He does campaign. He goes out and pulls a few pints at the local pub.
“Basically saying to people, I know best and treating people as if they are stupid.
“It is Ed Miliband who is stupid.
“For ignoring people, for doing what he wants to do and not what the 71.7 percent want to do.
“He is saying to people ‘you don’t matter, I know best’.”
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The Brexit Party candidate added: “He has been out campaigning and he has been out telling people to vote Labour, again, but people are ignoring this message.
“It is about Brexit, stupid, as I am going to call him because this is why we are here, isn’t it?
“The whole election is about this. If Brexit had not been brought about, this election would have not been done.
“Ed Miliband needs to know it is about Brexit.”
Other Labour safe seats which appear to be at risk are Pontefract and Castleford’s Yvette Cooper, Shadow Housing Secretary and Wentworth and Dearne’s John Healey and the Beast of Bolsover Dennis Skinner.
Ms Cooper had a majority of 29.5 percent in 2017, but almost 70 percent of her constituents voted to leave.
According to author and journalist Rod Liddle, Ms Cooper in particular faces “an uphill battle” on December 12, despite having won a respectable majority last time.
He recently wrote in a column in The Times: “Of all the vocally Remainer Labour MPs in strongly leave seats, Cooper is perhaps the most vulnerable, given the constituency’s leaver profile and ageing demographic.”
It would not be the first time a high-profile MP loses a safe seat.
In 2015, former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls lost his Morley and Outwood seat, echoing ex-Cabinet minister Michael Portillo.
The then Labour candidate Stephen Twigg defeated Mr Portillo in 1997.
The result was perceived as a pivotal indication that the Conservatives would be voted out of office after 18 years, and that New Labour would win the election by a substantial majority.
It is remembered as the “Portillo moment”.
Labour’s Brexit plan has steadily been moving to the Remain side. In 2017, Jeremy Corbyn ‘s party pledged to respect the result of the referendum and deliver Brexit. However, less than two years later, their manifesto sees a commitment to a second referendum, with many high-profile Labour politicians already claiming they will campaign for Remain.
Labour’s Brexit plan has steadily been moving to the Remain side. In 2017, Jeremy Corbyn ’s party pledged to respect the result of the referendum and deliver Brexit. However, less than two years later, their manifesto sees a commitment to a second referendum, with many high-profile Labour politicians already claiming they will campaign for Remain.