What about Labour’s South East problem?

What about Labour’s South East problem?

BBC Results 2010

Will an English leader bring the voters back?

After looking at the challenge for the Tories in Scotland it’s also worth looking at parts of England where Labour took a terrible drubbing on May 6th.

Just look at the South East – Brown’s party got a smaller share of the vote here, 16.2%, than the Tories got in Scotland. Even worse they lost thirteen of the 17 that they’d held and were left with just four – two in Southampton and one each in Reading Slough and Oxford.

Clearly if Labour is to make a come-back then it has to be winning here once again.

I just wonder how much was down to the Brown effect and whether a Labour led by someone else might make the come-back less challenging.

Mike Smithson

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