Pollster YouGov showed Labour support is collapsing in the north, with prominent industrial counties – some of which that have voted Labour for decades – Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside now jumping ship to Tory in a spectacular show of support for the Brexiteer Prime Minister. The poll shows a drop in support for Jeremy Corbyn by ab eye-watering 25 points compared to a drop in numbers for Mr Johnson by just three points. This puts the Tories on 33 percent in the stubborn region that voted overwhelmingly to leave.
The Lib Dems are at 17 percent, up 12 points since the last electoral in 2017 and Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party are up by the same amount.
Support is at 14 percent for the Brexit Party.
YouGov said: “The Labour vote has taken its hardest hit in the North West, with support for the party falling by a massive 25 percentage points to 30 percent since 2017.
“Worse still for Labour, this now puts them behind the Conservatives in a region the party considers its own.”
The Midlands, east and west, and the South East and South West of England appear to be safe seats for the Conservatives, according to the data taken from 17 October to 4 November.
The Tories have faced a colossal battle for years over the north of England, which was largely down to the deep divisions caused by the late Margaret Thatcher.
The post-industrial north faced growing social and economic difficulties in comparison with the so-called ‘Service Sector South’.
This was largely down to the decline of shipbuilding, steel and mining during Mrs Thatcher’s time as Prime Minister.
The result of this is that Labour has thrived and the Tories have consistently failed to gain the trust of the north.