Labour now third most popular party among working class voters, poll reveals

Geneva Matthews
February 14, 2017

"If they vote Labour they are voting, in effect, to annul the decision they made on 23rd June".

Another week, another disappointing poll for Labour.

In a survey which will increase jitters before two by-elections, Labour posted 20 per cent among blue-collar voters, compared to 23 per cent for the right-wing eurosceptic party.

Mr Snell is reported to have said the Ukip leader had tried to "brand himself Mr Stoke" but was only interested in getting a seat in Parliament.

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall pose for a photograph in front of a UKIP electoral campaign poster in Stoke-on-Trent, central England on February 13, 2017.

Labour MPs have found themselves in a hard position since the European Union referendum, where two thirds of Labour-held constituencies voted to leave, placing numerous party's traditional voters at odds with their MPs who overwhelmingly backed remain.

Stoke voted 69.4% to leave the European Union at the referendum and has been dubbed the Brexit capital of the country.

Labour faces another hard challenge from the Tories in Copeland, Cumbria, a constituency which also voted to leave.

The seat has been held by Labour since 1950 and UKIP came second in the 2015 General Election by more than 4,000 votes.

A former leader of Newcastle-under-Lyme borough council, Mr Snell has previously caused controversy with online comments describing party leader Jeremy Corbyn as an "IRA supporting friend of Hamas" and denouncing Brexit as a "massive pile of s***".

But things have not gone entirely smoothly for Labour's candidate either, with Mr Snell forced to apologise after a series of his old tweets revealed he had used insulting language towards various women.

Gareth Snell described panellists on ITV's Loose Women as "squabbling sour-faced ladies", called presenter Janet Street-Porter a "polished turd" and said a "speccy blonde girl" on BBC's The Apprentice should "p*** off", in comments highlighted by the Guido Fawkes website.

John Bickley, who is also the party's treasurer, apologised for offence caused.

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