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1. Yesterday a journalist described #Mansfield to me as "the first blue brick in the red wall" - something I'm hugely proud of and even more so now that we've knocked it down and rebuilt in blue with some @bluecollartory_ foundations. Here's a why it shouldn't be a surprise:
2. Since I was elected in 17 I've been at pains to try and explain the difference between Labour voters in Islington and in Mansfield. It's not ideological up north, it's historic. Not #Socialism that drove the #Labour vote, but industry.
3. You've only got to watch an episode of #PeakyBlinders to get the gist of why Labour was born as a movement. Protecting workers, fighting for better conditions. Some of the leaders were socialists, but the workers were trying to improve their lot. To put food on the table.
4. So many people in places like Mansfield spent their whole working lives in highly unionised #industry, where you couldn't get a job without joining up and paying in to the Labour party. That was just how it was. "We are Labour round here"
5. It made sense in many ways, to back the "party of the workers" when you felt your conditions were poor. It wasn't an ideological commitment to #socialism, it was about improving life for you and your family, getting on, and a sense of #community.
6. To be blunt, if you're going to be a socialist you have to be able to afford it! You have to have enough money already to not be concerned about the #BigState taking more away. You have to be able to afford to rise above the control of an oversized state.
7. If you're scrapping around to put food on the table, the idea of having more taken from you to fund others when you are the one grafting 60 hours a week is horrifying. It's not pro-worker, it's hitting the workers the hardest.
8. Labour doesn't get that any more. It looks down on #workingpeople rather than helping them up, and calls for an end to aspiration and self-improvement. "Don't save or train or buy a house, you are too downtrodden and the rich elites will never let you".
9. If you're struggling, you want hope not misery. A hand up not a hand out. You don't want to be told that the whole system is rigged against you, you want to see that there are #opportunities to be seized and a chance to make things better.
10. #Labour in places like #Mansfield have spent decades harking back instead of looking forwards. When I stood in 17 my Labour oppo said "it will just remind people about what Mrs #Thatcher did". As it happens I think people were sick of being reminded. It was before I was born!
11. There's only so long you can moan about the past when you're failing to do anything to take us forward. People want #hope, not misery. That's why the red wall has fallen. It was a wall built to hold people back.
12. Even #Brexit falls in to that argument too. These communities voted to leave, just to be told they were wrong, thick, racist. That they were condemned to misery and failure as a result, and that Labour refused to deliver it. Lecturing instead of listening.
13. If the left continue with the narrative they're pumping out this weekend - "the right wing MSM have duped these working class people" - they'll only repeat the cycle. They have to look at themselves, accept fault and learn or they'll never be successful in Mansfield
14. Don't get me wrong we've not turned everyone in to hardcore Tories. For many it was a tough thing to vote blue, for many we were the least worst option. We are saying the right things, but we are not trusted. The proof will be in the delivery; in showing whose side we are on!
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