Jeremy Corbyn addressing thousands at a rally in Sheffield in August 2016. Are these people all middle class, then?

The adage says we should not “shoot the messenger”, I know – and it is reasonable to say that Labour must always appeal to its main constituency, the working class.

But This Writer has to ask: What does Jess Phillips know about that constituency? She’s New Labour to the core. Look at her choice of leader – Yvette Cooper. Oh dear. Lucy Powell and Angela Eagle have likewise nailed their colours to the mast. If anyone can provide information about Mr McCabe, please do.

So, while the message may be considered valid, the identity of the messengers suggests an ulterior motive.

I did not think Labour’s message appealed more to the middle class voter than anybody else in this year’s general election campaign. I would like to see the information that informs such a suggestion.

It’s just a shame media organs like the HuffPost allow themselves to be used by these people, and social media organs like Vox Political are forced to question their claims.

Jess Phillips, Lucy Powell, Steve McCabe and Angela Eagle said the party has to do much more to connect with white working class voters in historically Labour constituencies before the next election if it is to have any hope of winning power.

Speaking at a party conference fringe event, Phillips, who has represented Birmingham Yardley since 2015, said activists should not be fooled into thinking the next election campaign will be easy.

Phillips, who backed Yvette Cooper in the 2015 leadership election, said she felt Labour’s most recent general election campaign had spoken more to middle class voters than the country at large.

“Labour needs to be able to talk to people in Putney as well as people in Walsall,” she said.

“While it seems like one more big heave-ho might get us over the line, because the Tories are having a terrible time, actually the idea of winning 65 seats is a huge deal of work in a wide variety of places that have different feelings, different hopes, different dreams, different industries and different people who have different needs from their elected representatives.”

Source: Labour Is Still In Danger Of Turning Its Back On Traditional Voters, MPs Say


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