What were our expert commentators saying about a ‘Brexit backlash’ against Labour, again?

It turns out everyone who said that Labour, as well as the Conservatives, suffered a loss of votes at the local elections last week because of its Brexit policy… was wrong.

This is a day of revelations. Read the findings, courtesy of the most reliable UK polling company, Survation:

“On balance, there does not appear to have been a major Brexit backlash against Labour in Remain areas or in Leave areas.

“A range of other factors will significantly affect voting in local elections, regional elections, general elections, and European elections.”

The Survation report states: “For every 1% higher the Leave vote was within a local authority in 2016, in 2019 Labour received 0.08% fewer votes within the local authority than in 2015.”

This shows that Labour experienced a decline in vote share in Leave areas – but the Brexit effect was not “major” according to the report.

I seem to recall a commentator in the social media saying last week that disgruntlement over Brexit had a negligible effect on the election results, and that other issues were far more likely to have comee into play.

Who was that, again? Oh yes…

It was me.

Source: Exclusive: No “major Brexit backlash” for Labour in locals, new analysis shows – LabourList

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4 thoughts on “What were our expert commentators saying about a ‘Brexit backlash’ against Labour, again?

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Is it self-praise to point out that one person was right when many were wrong?
      You focus on strange things, it seems to me.

  1. Dave Rowlands

    Use “Brexit” as the reason and then the real issues are swept under the rather large conservative carpet.

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