Lisa Nandy seems to have admitted defeat after claiming not to know what a Red Wall is even when Labour Party is still battling to hold on to Hartlepool in order to stop the crumbling of Labour’s once-dominant position across the Midlands and North of England.
Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer is currently working to gather support across some working-class communities where most of the Red Wall is located. Starmer was disappointed this week after seeing that a poll found the Conservative Party had a 17-point lead in Hartlepool.
The port town has become one of the stars of the May elections, being one of only a handful of seats that survived Labour’s 2019 general election purge.
Most of the Red Wall seats sided with the Conservatives after almost four years of strong pro-remain Labour MPs supporting Brussels and a People’s Vote notwithstanding their constituents having voted to leave the EU.
Despite the very real prospect of Labour losing the last remnants of its Red Wall, Ms Nandy, during a Policy Exchange seminar with Labour MP Jon Cruddas, claimed not to know what the term Red Wall meant, rejecting the umbrella term.
The Shadow Foreign Secretary said, “I rang Jon up earlier just to find out what I was supposed to be doing ahead of this event and ended up having a 20-minute rant about the phrase the ‘Red Wall’.
“I have no idea what most people are talking about when they talk about the ‘Red Wall’ and I don’t think they do either – it means whatever you want it to mean.
“It’s really unhelpful and it signifies to people in those areas that Labour thought they were Labour towns and now the Tories think they’re Tory towns when they talk about the ‘Blue Wall’.
“These are people who are smarter than the political establishment who are supposed to represent them, who saw these changes coming, who looked at the global and domestic political system, and felt that nobody really spoke for them and hadn’t done for some time, and who voted on that basis.
“And that’s why we’ve seen this huge, seismic political upheaval that most of the political establishment frankly didn’t see coming.
“We saw it in the UK but we saw it in the US as well where fewer than 100,000 voters switching from Clinton to Trump in the Rust Belt put Donald Trump in the White House.”
Ms Lisa Nandy ’s statement seems to suggest she is expecting a Tory victory in Hartlepool as she feels the political establishment is still obsessing over its definition of the Red Wall, meanwhile, voters appear a step ahead and very sure of what step to take next.
A majority of Hartlepool are Leave of almost 70 per cent… the consensus here is that the seat will support Boris Johnson’s party as he has delivered on his ‘get Brexit done’ promise.