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Can the new Conservative coalition survive Brexit?

First published: 18/12/2019

The Conservatives have done in the north of England and the Midlands, what Labour did in the south in 1997. The Tories succeeded, and Labour failed totally, in building a coalition of voters who are economically liberal but socially and culturally conservative. This didn’t just happen in the winter of 2019, as many Labour MPs have acknowledged. The election was the culmination of a longer trend in which Labour has left its base, rather than the other way round. Is this realignment of voters momentary, or not? Read on …..