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Labour’s woke crisis: The damning stats that shame Keir Starmer’s party as out of touch
May 17, 2021
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In findings that will be hard reading for Sir Keir Starmer, Labour is perceived to be out of touch with the public on a large range of issues. From tearing down statues of historical figures to believing in shorter sentences for criminals, Labour is seen by Brits to be the most likely of the two largest political parties in the UK to back “woke” ideology.
On a whole raft of issues, the Opposition was seen to be more out of touch with the public than the Conservatives.
Of the 2,026 people surveyed, it found 56 percent thought Labour the most likely party to agree with ripping down monuments, despite the idea being supported by just 18 percent of respondents.
Equally, 52 percent of those interviewed said they thought Labour was the party most likely to hold negative attitudes towards the Royal Family, but just 19 percent said they held similar views.
Meanwhile, although just 12 percent of people said they would support extreme environmental groups such as Extinction Rebellion causing damage to property and disrupting city centres, as many as 41 percent thought Labour was more likely to back the actions of the activists than the Conservatives.
The results highlight the extent of the mountain Sir Keir Starmer has to climb, to turn around the public’s perception of Labour.
Mark Lehain, director for the Campaign for Common Sense organisation that commissioned the poll, told Express.co.uk: “We wanted to understand where the public is on some ‘woke’ issues and also where they think the main political parties are on these.
“The big finding here is that the public does not want divisive culture war issues driving things. None of the issues polled had anywhere near majority support.
“Those trying to import the kind of extreme ideas that have polarised the US will have to contend with the common sense British public.
“However, culture seems to have become for Labour what the NHS was to the Conservatives for so long – its perceived values and priorities are out of step with those of the public.
“On the other hand, the Conservatives can take a stand on these issues confident that they are seen as more in tune with the British public.”
The results of the poll come less than two weeks after Sir Keir’s party suffered humiliation at the ballot box, with a series of worse than expected results in local council elections and the Hartlepool by-election.
The town elected a Conservative MP for the first time in over 50 years on May 6, with the once Labour stronghold turning its back on the party.
It continued a trend that first began at the 2019 election, of voters in the north of England switching their allegiance to Boris Johnson’s Tories.
Another worrying result for Sir Keir in the Campaign for Common Sense’s poll found 47 percent thought Labour the party most likely to support shorter sentences for criminals compared to 13 percent who thought the Conservatives the more likely to back the policy.
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The perception of Labour being more of a soft touch on crime comes despite Sir Keir working as Director of Public Prosecutions before becoming an MP.
Sir Keir received his knighthood for his time in the role, in which he was responsible for taking criminals to court to bring them to justice.
Today Labour has announced if in power it would introduce tougher sentences for rape, stalking and domestic murder.
Whole-life tariffs for those who rape, abduct and murder a stranger would be introduced under the plans.
Labour also said it would review sentencing for all domestic abuse.
Shadow justice secretary, David Lammy, said: “The Conservatives are failing to protect women and girls from violent criminals, which should be one of the first duties of any government.
“With record low conviction rates for perpetrators of sexual violence and an epidemic of misogyny that makes women and girls feel unsafe, this government is treating victims of violence as an afterthought.”
The policy proposals come ahead of a debate on crime in the House of Commons this afternoon.