Starmer in trouble as voters in Hartlepool seat brand Labour ‘confused’ and ‘disjointed’

Labour: Poll shows Conservative lead in ‘Red Wall’

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The Labour Party has been campaigning to hold onto the constituency in the so-called “red wall” after the resignation of MP Mike Hill sparked a by-election. Sir Keir Starmer is under pressure to perform well in what has been viewed as a key milestone in his leadership of the party. However, a recent focus group by Times Radio talking to undecided voters in Hartlepool has seen them given a brutal review of Labour’s performance.

Speaking to Gloria De Piero, herself an ex-Labour MP, the three constituents in the battleground seat were asked to say three words which for them described the Labour Party under Sir Keir.

Ms De Piero asked: “I want one word to describe the Labour Party from each of you?”

“Confused,” replied one of the guests.

Another told the radio presenter he thinks the opposition party looks “disjointed.”

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“Dead” suggested another, “Or dying I should have said probably.”

“Not brilliant for the Labour Party,”  summed up Ms De Piero.

The exchange came on the back of more worrying news for Labour with a new poll showing Boris Johnson with a formidable lead over Sir Keir.

The poll saw a nine-point lead for the Conservative Party over the Labour Party.


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The gap marked the largest Tory lead amongst voters since May last year.

The polls showed the Conservative Party on 45 percent share of the vote up four points on an Observer poll conducted two weeks ago.

While, Labour recorded 36 percent, down one point compared to the poll conducted a fortnight ago.

Meanwhile, the Lib Dems remained unchanged on 6 percent of the vote.

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Also in the opinion poll, conducted by Opinium and launched by the Observer, it was reported that 44 percent now approve of the Government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis.

Adam Drummond, an Opinium associate director, told the Guardian: “The vaccine bounce continues to yield political benefits for the government, with their strongest figures for handling the pandemic since they first became negative last May.

“In terms of voting intention, the figures bounce around due to statistical noise, but there is a consistent Conservative lead in the high single digits.”

The opinion poll was formulated by asking questions of 2,006 adults online between 8 and 9 April.

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