Labour ’s victories show importance of localism and positive vision
Analysis: on a poor night for party, lesson from areas where it did well is that it cannot win on negativity alone
Last modified on Sat 8 May 2021 15.31 BSTA memewas doing the rounds on Saturday morning which offered a theory of why Labour had done so badly in the local elections.It read: “Labour: a bunch of rich people convincing poor people to vote for rich people by telling poor people that ‘other’ rich people are the reason they are poor.”
It may be true that any attacks Labour launched on expensive Tory tastes in interior design did not seem to put voters off. Asone voter in Teesside told the FTlast week: “Boris deserves nice curtains given what he’s been through with Covid.”But look at where Labour did well – Wales, Greater Manchester, the Liverpool city region, Preston – and you can see that where the party led with conviction, promoting a positive vision for their locality, it was rewarded at the ballot box.
In Preston, where the Labour administration has pioneered a form of localismknown as the Preston Model, it retained all 10 seats it was defending. The idea is simple: the council keeps money as close to home as possible so that the amount spent locally goes up. Where other authorities privatised, Preston has grown its own businesses and created worker-owned co-operatives. headtopics.com
In the Liverpool city region, where Steve Rotheram has led a skills and digital-based agenda,he was rewarded with an only slightly reduced vote share– a minor miracle given the corruption investigation which engulfed Liverpool city council in recent months.
He can justifiably claim a strong personal vote. According to his team, his final result of 58.2% of the vote, just one percentage point down on 2017, was 12% up on Labour’s overall vote share in the local council elections across the city region on Thursday.
Labour’s strong performance in Wales also shows “the importance of being in power and doing stuff”, who lost her Don Valley seat in 2019. “Their success is a reflection on how the pandemic has been handled, focus on matters people care about and still deep ties with communities,” she added.
In Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham is set to win a huge majority andthe “sensible socialist” mayor of Salford, Paul Dennett, increased his vote share to 59%, a 10% increase on his first preference performance in 2016.In his victory speech, Dennett said he had bucked the national trend with a “message of hope and optimism”. He said he had tried to influence Salford’s growth “to ensure it benefits the residents who live here”, insourcing services back to the council and building social housing once more – “something many people told us was impossible”. headtopics.com
He criticised Labour nationally for lacking an industrial strategy for the red wall. “Instead, we embraced the new global economy of finance and services – bleeding yet more life out of the towns where our voters traditionally came from.” Read more: The Guardian »
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