A Labour MP who quit Keir Starmer’s high team has mentioned odd voters are rejecting the occasion as a result of its been captured by the “London-based bourgeoisie”.
Khalid Mahmood, who just lately resigned as shadow defence minister, blasted Labour for shedding contact with odd individuals.
The Birmingham Perry Barr MP mentioned Labour should recognise it’s seen as “a celebration that has misplaced its approach” in locations that have been as soon as “unfailingly loyal”.
His criticism got here as Mr Starmer confronted an explosive fallout from Labour’s Hartlepool by-election defeat and a grim set of native election outcomes.
Tory Jill Mortimer snatched the seat from Labour with a majority of almost 7,000 votes, in a serious blow to Mr Starmer.
Hartlepool was held by the occasion in 2019 regardless of Boris Johnson’s sweeping victories in Red Wall seats in Labour’s conventional heartlands within the north and the Midlands.
In an article for Policy Exchange, Mr Mahmood mentioned: “In the previous decade, Labour has misplaced contact with odd British individuals.
“A London-based bourgeoisie, with the assist of brigades of woke social media warriors, has successfully captured the occasion.
“They imply nicely, in fact, however their politics – obsessive about id, division and even tech utopianism – have extra in widespread with these of Californian excessive society than the sort of individuals who voted in Hartlepool yesterday.”
He mentioned the Tory victory should function a wake-up name to Labour, the place it as soon as held a 17,500 majority underneath Peter Mandelson.
“The loudest voices within the Labour motion over the previous yr specifically have targeted extra on flattening Churchill’s statue than they’ve on serving to individuals pull themselves up on the planet,” he mentioned.
“No marvel it’s doing higher amongst wealthy city liberals and younger college graduates than it’s amongst a very powerful a part of its conventional electoral coalition, the working-class.
“A little bit of superficial flag-waving – bolstered by pressing memos from occasion HQ – isn’t going to repair that.”
Mr Mahmood urged Labour to indicate humility and recognise that the occasion is seen by many who as soon as backed it “as a celebration that has misplaced its approach”.