Hartlepool by-election: will Tories win because Starmer parachuted a right-winger in for Labour?

Voting: but will people in Hartlepool vote Labour after the contempt with which Keir Starmer has (allegedly) treated them?

A poll – with, admittedly, a tiny number of respondents – has suggested that the Conservatives could take Hartlepool from Labour in Thursday’s by-election.

Is this because Keir Starmer steamrolled over the wishes of local part members to parachute a right-wing candidate in?

The behaviour of Labour’s head office with regard to the election has been, reportedly, a disgrace – and if this is how Starmer plans to run the party, then voters in Hartlepool will be right to abandon him.

The problem is that the Conservatives are likely to benefit from it.

Starmer is already facing criticism that his daft antics have strengthened the Tories. How will he be able to justify himself if they take Hartlepool?

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2 thoughts on “Hartlepool by-election: will Tories win because Starmer parachuted a right-winger in for Labour?

  1. disabledgrandad

    I see on the Labour list they are already getting the excuses ready the main one no one cares to vote here.

    What BS people say your all the same when your all right-wing scumbags with different rosettes there not stupid! Unlike the cult of new Labour 2.0 that believes people will believe any rubbish your gaslighting FFS.

    Oh and I see Starmer has already said he won’t resign but will take responsibility says it all…

  2. El Dee

    Labour have learned nothing in the last ten years from their experiences in Scotland. Where once they could ‘weight the vote’ they can almost count it on one hand now. Labour are now benefitting from getting ‘List’ votes which favour smaller parties who don’t do well in constituency votes (this is the d’Hondt system that gives extra seats to unpopular parties for reasons that only Labour can answer – for it was they who forced this system on Scotland) Their attitude was ‘who else are they going to vote for’ But Scots were sick of their arrogance and found someone else to vote for leaving Labour in third place now. Labour’s response was to actually call the voters stupid – I actually saw an ousted Labour politician say this on the results coverage (I’d name him if I could remember) but this is the attitude of them.

    Again, they can learn much from their Scottish experience as with the Scottish Labour Party’s response to the referendum. They put together a detailed plan of action for Scotland’s future, it had policies and details to answer the dissatisfaction Scots had with the current arrangement. Labour, under Milliband, chopped this to pieces. After removing glossaries and indices it had THREE PAGES of content, and embarrassment. It looked like they’d done their homework assignment the night before it was due in.

    And further when they issued ‘The Vow’ and signed up to it on the front page of ‘The Daily Record’ they promised, along with the sitting government, to implement policies and changes including a federal UK. All promises were broken by all parties within six months. The kicker was that ‘The Vow’ on the front page of one of Scotland’s best selling papers broke purdah, but that went unchallenged by anyone. This should have warned them how it would go in the EU Referendum, it didn’t.

    At every turn the public, the members and local committees have been ignored. The driving power has been the PLP and they are so right wing as to qualify as Tory Wets. It reminds me of a boy band fighting over who has the rights to tour under the name. This is ALL that gets Labour the vote. The once proud tradition and they aren’t the Tories. All it needs is for a progressive left-wing party to gain sufficient popularity to be worthwhile voting for and they are finished..

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