Keir Starmer failing to convert Red Wall Tories, focus group suggests

Keir Starmer is failing to convert Red Wall Tories as focus group suggests some voters are not convinced by Labour leader

  • Sir Keir Starmer appears struggling to convince Tory voters in Red Wall seats 
  • Focus group in Northumberland saw him as ‘millionaire’ who’s ‘not done much’ 
  • Northumberland voted Tory for the first time in 2019 with margin of 712 votes
  • All eight participants  did not believe PM was telling the truth over Partygate

Sir Keir Starmer appears to be failing to convince Tory voters in Red Wall seats to switch to Labour despite anger over the No10 party scandal.

More In Common conducted a focus group yesterday with voters in Blyth Valley. 

The Northumberland seat went blue for the first time in 2019 as the Tories overturned a 7,915 Labour majority to win by 712 votes.

All eight people in the focus group said they did not believe Mr Johnson was telling the truth regarding the party scandal and all thought he should resign. 

But they were not persuaded by Sir Keir, describing him as a ‘millionaire’ who has not ‘really done much’ as Labour leader. 

‘Mike’, a former Labour voter who backed the Conservatives at the last election, said Sir Keir was ‘a better bet than Jeremy Corbyn’, but warned ‘I don’t think he’s really done much since he’s been in charge’. 

He added: ‘It is the weakest the Labour Party have ever been in living memory, without a shadow of a doubt.’

‘I used to vote Labour… it is not the working man’s party it once was. Champagne socialists, that is what I call them now.’

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer seen leaving LBC Radio at Global Radio Studios in London on Monday

‘Joseph’, another person who voted Tory in 2019, said: ‘I don’t see the point of the Labour Party at the moment, they just seem to agree with everything they [the Conservatives] say.’

Focus group member ‘Joanne’, who also voted Tory last time, said she did so because of Brexit. 

‘He [Boris Johnson] was the only one who was going to actually get it done and dusted; it had dragged on for God knows how long. He finally got it sorted.’

They praised Rishi Sunak as ‘probably the best of a mediocre bunch’ if the Prime Minister does stand down. 

One person suggested the fact that he was a teetotaller could help him win a leadership election.

While most had not heard of Liz Truss, one described her as a ‘snake in the grass’.

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