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Hardback Broken heartlands, a journey through Labour's lost England
Publication year: 2021
Media class: Hardback
The red wall formed the foundation of Labour's vote in the Midlands and the North of England but these places backed Brexit and then dramatically turned Conservative for the first time in living memory at the 2019 election, redrawing the electoral map in the process. Originally from the North East himself, Payne set out to uncover the story of the red wall and issues that turned the seats blue. While Brexit and the unpopularity of opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn are factors, there is a more nuanced story explored in 'Broken Heartlands' of how these northern communities have fared through generational shifts, struggling public services, deindustrialization, and the changing nature of work.
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