The surprise late swing to Labour that deprived Theresa May of her parliamentary majority at last year’s general election was driven not by young left-wingers, but by older, more socially conservative voters, a new study has found. Those who switched their support to Labour during the election campaign had an average age of 45, were more Eurosceptic and more opposed to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership than existing Labour voters, according to a report by the Policy Network think tank. The finding casts doubt over suggestions that Labour’s improved performance was the result of a “youthquake” of younger voters throwing their support behind the party. While Labour’s support among young people did increase between 2015 and 2017, most of this group had already decided to back Mr Corbyn’s party by the start of the election campaign, when it was languishing at 25 per cent in the polls. Read more ‘Youthquake’ credited with helping Labour in 2017 poll ‘did not exist’ Instead, the late surge that saw Labour eventually poll 40 per cent of the vote, helping Mr Corbyn defy expectations and forcing the Conservatives to make a pact with the DUP to maintain their governing majority, was driven by older, more centrist… Read full this story
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