Real story of Peterborough by-election: the two main parties shed 27,566 votes between them since the 2017 GE. That's 58% of all votes they got in 2017. Some lost to apathy i.e. lower turnout, some to other parties.
In other words, Tories & Labour both lost the majority of their voters! Labour retained just 46% of their votes from 2017 & Tories just 32%. Incredible to think that 2-in-3 people who voted Tory in Peterborough in 2017 stayed home yesterday, or cast their votes for other parties.
That should be the focus of attention when considering yesterday's debacle. Labour's win and the Brexit Party falling at the last hurdle are the headline news, but this goes deeper. When you can't motivate half your base or more, you're in huge, huge trouble.
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