At the 2017 General election the Tories got 14,319 votes in Hartlepool. In 2021 they got 15,529 votes.
At the 2017 General election Labour got 21,969 votes in Hartlepool. In 2021 they got 8,589 votes.
This is not a Tory surge. It is a Labour ‘stay at home’ surge. Saudi Arabia admirer, Paul Williams, the Labour candidate, was ‘parachuted’ into the constituency by Starmer on the advice of his adviser, Jenny Chapman. He was commissioner of a report that supported the removal of critical care services in the city.
In the Welsh Senedd and in Preston, for example, where Labour put forward progressive and socialist policies closer to Jeremy Corbyn’s 2017 and 2019 manifestos, with nothing conceded to Starmer and his ‘coterie’, there were election successes in the local elections.