Furious northern voters have turned their back on Jeremy Corbyn, sparking the dramatic collapse of Labour’s Red Wall in recent weeks. Former miners, who even went on strike against Margaret Thatcher in the 1980’s, told the BBC that they would vote for the Conservatives following their frustration with Brexit delays. Another lifelong Labour voter, Graham, in Wolverhampton branded Jeremy Corbyn “a communist berk” ahead of the 12 December election.
The backlash against Mr Corbyn’s leadership comes as a new survey put the Tories comfortably ten-point ahead of Labour with just a week of campaigning to go.
The BBC Radio 4’s Today host Mishal Hussein broadcast this morning’s programme live from Wolverhamptom, a region that voted “overwhelmingly” to leave the EU, but traditonally votes Labour.
The BBC’s East Midlands editor Tony Row said: “There is a lot of talk about this Red Wall, but that started to be breached back in 2010
“Even old coal mining town like Mansfield have turned to the Conservatives.”
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Row continued: “Labour wants to win Mansfield back but voters there told me they want Brexit out of the way. There was also huge dislike of Jeremy Corbyn.
“One former miner, now a factory supervisor, who went on strike in the 1980s, told me he will vote Conservative for the first time next week.
“There is widespread frustration with the political process and you are hearing that from these key traditional Labour heartlands. This is the break down of the Red Wall.”
One voter in Wolverhampton, Beatrice, was pressed on whether she would vote for Jeremy Corbyn at this election.
The hour-long BBC debate, hosted by Nick Robinson, will see Mr Johnson and Mr Corbyn face questions from the audience in Maidstone, and from those who have submitted them via the BBC News website.
To the alarm of senior Labour officials, the left-wing party appears to have stalled in recent polls and has not made significant progress this week.
A new Savanta ComRes poll put the Tories on 42 percent, compared to Labour’s 32 percent.
The Electoral Calculus website suggests that the numbers recorded in the survey would hand the Tories a majority of 32.