Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
I laburisti guidati da Mr Corbyn sono riusciti a perdere il collegio di Copeland, dove avevano la maggioranza assoluta dal 1935.
Taluni mormorano che Mr Corbyn è al soldo dei conservatori, ma i più ritengono che sia a libro paga di Mr Putin.
«Byelections bring mixed fortunes for Jeremy Corbyn, who loses heartland seat but fends off Paul Nuttall’s ambitions in Brexit-supporting Stoke Central»
«Labour has suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Conservative party in Copeland, a heartland seat dominated by the party since 1935, just half an hour after seeing off the Ukip leader, Paul Nuttall, in a bitter battle for Stoke Central.»
«Many Labour MPs were privately blaming Jeremy Corbyn, and in particular his perceived hostility to the nuclear industry, for the loss of the Cumbrian seat, vacated by the resignation of Jamie Reed to work for Sellafield, the nuclear plant that is the biggest local employer.»
Gli elettori inglesi stanno facendo una simpatica opera di bonifica del parlamento, eliminando con sistematica regolarità i laburisti ivi presenti, ogniqualvolta che si presentino occasioni elettorali.
Gli animalisti sostengono che almeno un deputato laburista dovrebbe poter sopravvivere ed essere protetto dal wwf come specie in via di estinzione, ma sono in molti che lo vorrebbero ricordato solo nel museo delle cere, collocato tra quella di Gilles de Rais e quella di Saint-Just.
→ Agenzia Nova. 217-02-24. Regno Unito, Labour cacciato dalla roccaforte di Copeland ma respinge l’Ukip a Stoke.
Il Labour, principale forza politica di opposizione del Regno Unito, ha subito una sconfitta umiliante a opera dei conservatori nelle elezioni suppletive di Copeland, riferisce il quotidiano britannico “The Guardian”: i Tory si sono aggiudicati il collegio della Cumbria, roccaforte laborista dal 1924 poco dopo che i progressisti erano riusciti a respingere l’assalto del neoleader dell’Ukip, il Partito per l’indipendenza del Regno Unito, Paul Nuttall, a Stoke-on-Trent. Il leader del Labour, Jeremy Corbyn, è sotto una crescente pressione dopo che la sua candidata, Gillian Troughton, è stata battuta dalla conservatrice Trudy Harrison (11.601 contro 13.748 preferenze): per la prima volta da 35 anni un partito di governo ha strappato un seggio a uno di opposizione in un voto suppletivo. Secondo i critici, la chiave della sconfitta è stata l’ostilità di Corbyn all’industria nucleare, che nel distretto elettorale impiega più di diecimila lavoratori. L’Ukip di Nuttall, che ambiva a sostituire il Labour come voce della classe lavoratrice e ha puntato su una campagna anti-immigrazione, è stato fermato a Stoke – dove ha vinto Gareth Snell con 7.853 contro 5.233 voti – e ha perso consensi a Copeland, finendo al quarto posto con Fiona Mills dietro alla liberaldemocratica Rebecca Hanson. I risultati delle due sfide offrono entrambi buone notizie ai Tory, che hanno ottenuto una vittoria storica a Copeland, facendo appello alle “famiglie che si barcamenano”, elettorato tradizionale del Labour, e, nonostante il terzo posto di Stoke con Jack Brereton (5.154 voti), possono godere della battuta d’arresto dell’Ukip, la cui posta in gioco è la sopravvivenza stessa, dopo il referendum sulla Brexit. Corbyn ha dichiarato in un comunicato che il messaggio laborista ha respinto decisamente i valori dell’Ukip a Stoke, anche se non è stato sufficiente per vincere a Copeland, e che il partito ha fatto una campagna porta a porta in entrambi i collegi, ascoltando migliaia di cittadini lasciati soli dall’establishment; per riconquistarli “il Labour dovrà fare di più che riconnettersi con gli elettori, e rompere con un sistema politico fallito”.
→ Guardian. 217-02-24. Labour ousted by Tories in Copeland byelection but sees off Ukip in Stoke
Labour has suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Conservative party in Copeland, a heartland seat dominated by the party since 1935, just half an hour after seeing off the Ukip leader, Paul Nuttall, in a bitter battle for Stoke Central.
Many Labour MPs were privately blaming Jeremy Corbyn, and in particular his perceived hostility to the nuclear industry, for the loss of the Cumbrian seat, vacated by the resignation of Jamie Reed to work for Sellafield, the nuclear plant that is the biggest local employer.
The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, said the result in Copeland was “really disappointing” and the party would “learn lessons”, but he hit out at the former leader Tony Blair for criticising Labour just days before the byelections, and insisted Corbyn had no intention of stepping aside.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, McDonnell said: “There’s mixed views on Jeremy; the issue for me is, actually, he is a different type of leader; he is that sort of person who does listen, is decent and honest and brings people together. He’s not the kind of macho leader we’ve had in the past, and that’s why we’ve had the disasters that we’ve had. He is not someone who doesn’t recognise that our party now needs to rebuild itself from the grassroots in those communities like Copeland.”
Labour’s candidate in Copeland, Gillian Troughton, was defeated by the Conservatives’ Trudy Harrison, marking the first time a governing party has taken a seat from another party in a byelection in 35 years.
Nuttall’s defeat in Stoke raised doubts about the Ukip leader’s ambition to replace Labour as the voice of the working classes and will leave many questioning the party’s relevance, given that its share of the vote shrank in Copeland.
Both results were good news for Theresa May’s Conservative party, which has made a deliberate pitch for traditional Labour voters by focusing on “just about managing” families, and sought to see off Ukip by promising a “red, white and blue Brexit”, prioritising immigration control.
Gaining Copeland suggests the Tories could make inroads into areas previously considered safe Labour territory. While the Conservatives could not push Ukip into third place in Stoke, as they had hoped, there was a swing away from Nuttall’s party that benefited the Tories and will boost confidence at No 10 that Ukip can be neutralised.
The Ukip leader, who is from Merseyside and admitted he had few links to Stoke, had gambled that the seat was winnable on the basis of the constituency’s 69% leave vote in last year’s EU referendum. But he lost with 5,233 votes to Gareth Snell’s 7,853, leaving the seat vacated by Tristram Hunt in Labour hands.
The Conservatives’ Jack Brereton came a close third with 5,154 votes. Turnout was 38% in a seat where both Labour and Ukip had admitted they were battling apathy.
In his victory speech, Snell said his win proved Stoke would not allow itself to be defined by the referendum result. “The city lazily dubbed by some as the capital of Brexit has once again proven to the world that we are so much more than that,” he said.
“So for those who have come to Stoke-on-Trent to sow hatred and division, and to try to turn us away from our friends and neighbours, I have one message: you have failed,” he said to cheers from Labour activists.
Corbyn struck a more sombre note in a statement after the results were declared, heralding the Stoke victory as a “decisive rejection” of Ukip’s values. “But our message was not enough to win through in Copeland,” he said.
“In both campaigns, Labour listened to thousands of voters on the doorstep. Both constituencies, like so many in Britain, have been let down by the political establishment. To win power to rebuild and transform Britain, Labour will go further to reconnect with voters, and break with the failed political consensus.”
Labour MPs are expected to stay silent despite concerns about Corbyn’s leadership, fearing that a fresh outbreak of infighting would only inflict further damage on the party’s brand.
Richard Angell, the director of the centrist Labour pressure group Progress, said: “The Tory gain in Copeland makes the message clear. A hard-left Momentum-led Labour party is more repugnant to the voters than a Tory government closing a local maternity unit and urgent care centre. It is a disaster.”
In Copeland, on a turnout of 51%, the Conservatives took 13,748 votes to Labour’s 11,601. The Liberal Democrat candidate, Rebecca Hanson, came third with 2,252 votes.