Red Wall crumbles: Brexit nightmare for Keir Starmer as working-class turns against Labour

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During the 2019 general election, the Conservative party won several Labour-stronghold seats in the North of England, known as the Red Wall. But ahead of the local elections next week, Labour looks set to witness another disastrous defeat.

The latest BMG poll found the Sir Keir’s satisfaction rating in the traditional Labour strongholds had dropped significantly.

The Labour leader’s satisfaction rating dropped from around 29 percent last month to a negative rating of 23 percent satisfaction and 32 percent dissatisfaction.

Sir Keir’s satisfaction rating in the Labour strongholds was negative at 16-38 percent in the northeast, 21-32 percent in the northwest and 21-33 percent in the West Midlands.

The Labour leader only enjoyed a positive satisfaction rating in his home city of London.

In comparison, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ratio of satisfaction to dissatisfaction stood at 50-27 percent in the northeast, 42-35 percent in the northwest and around 41-39 in the West Midlands.

This boost for the Prime Minister comes amid ongoing scrutiny over alleged comments about the coronavirus pandemic.

Andrew Price, pollster at BMG, said: “Despite the growing pressure mounting on Boris Johnson, our most recent polling suggests that it is not yet negatively impacting his satisfaction ratings or the Conservatives’ share of vote.

“The Conservative vote share remains unchanged from March and satisfaction with his leadership is actually higher.

“Whilst Boris Johnson may be able to sleep soundly at night, less can be said of Sir Keir Starmer.

“He’s seeing his net satisfaction dropping and just 1 in 4 (24 percent) say they would prefer him to be prime minister – much lower than the 2 in 5 who favour the current PM.

“The great unknown in this, however, is what the Conservatives could have achieved.

“With the vaccination campaign continuing to be successful, lockdown easing and the UK not seeing the same Covid spikes as other countries, they were probably hoping for a stronger growth in their share of vote than we are seeing.”

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The 2019 election saw Labour’s worst election defeat since 1935 and Jeremy Corbyn stepped down as leader of the Opposition.

In a poll last month, it found Labour’s six-point advantage turned into a four-point lead for the Conservatives.

This marked a decline in popularity for the Opposition party since November last year.

Sir Keir also saw his popularity plummet into negative territory, dropping from +7 percent to -3 percent.

Whereas Prime Minister Boris Johnson switched from a net positivity rating of -2 percent to +8 percent.

In February, the Labour leader was hit by a huge new crisis after a poll found Sir Keir was less popular than Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

The Savanta ComRes monthly political tracker found the Prime Minister’s popularity significantly jump up by six points to -2 percent.

But out of all leading political individuals tracked, only Labour leader Sir Keir experienced a fall from January’s favourability ratings, down two points to -4 percent.

Sir Keir was found to be less popular than Mr Hancock and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak also beat Sir Keir after his favourability rose two points to a massive 17 percent.

BMG interviewed 1,500 adults across Britain between April 22 to 26.

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