Precisely a yr in the past this previous weekend, the Conservatives received a thumping majority by taking seats throughout the midlands and north of England. These constituencies had as soon as been so secure for Labour that that they had come to be generally known as the ‘purple wall’. However lately there have been ominous indicators that help for the celebration was faltering. The Brexit referendum was the primary time many broke with Labour after which on December 12 2019, the purple wall crumbled.
One brick to fall was Leigh in Larger Manchester, a spot that had voted solidly Labour since 1922. Helen Pidd tells Anushka Asthana that as a part of a five-year reporting challenge she has been following voters within the city to gauge their present sentiments concerning the authorities they helped elect. Regardless of a torrid yr and a looming Brexit disaster, she finds few keen to precise regrets about switching their votes.