What's most interesting about the @CWUnews/@Survation polling in Hartlepool is the policy stuff, which bears out the findings of the @LabourTogether report - and all the polling of Labour's policies in both 2017 & 2019.

i.e. Labour's core policies (under Corbyn) were v popular🧵
So for example, 69% of Hartlepool voters back Labour's free universal full-fibre broadband policy (derided by some as "Broadband Communism" at the time)

If anything, the pandemic (and our consequent reliance on Zoom) has made this policy even more popular
And a clear majority (57%) want Royal Mail back in public ownership

People can see that postal services and the internet (communications) are natural monopolies and should be delivered in the public interest not for profit

85% of voters in Hartlepool think nurses should be getting a pay rise of at least 3%, which 42% believing a 10% pay rise would be fair.

Just 10% back the Tories' 1% pay rise settlement

Labour should focus on this. In 2019 we promised a 5% rise.
Another clue for Labour is in the polling around the economy

People don't want a 5% council tax hike while services are being cut. They've had a decade of cuts already

67% of people believe the focus should be investing in public services not the deficit
As the @LabourTogether report said:

"Labour’s bold policies were frequently cited as a positive reason to vote for the Party, and the overwhelming majority of the policies attracted super-majority support - including some of the most controversial such as ... free broadband"

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5 Apr
Haven't seen the data behind this yet, but this would be devastating.

Bear in mind that in the dismal 2019 defeat, Labour comfortably held Hartlepool with 38% to the Tories’ 29%. And in 2017 (also under Corbyn) by 53% to 34%.
The worst Labour has previously done in Hartlepool in the last 25 years was in the 2004 by-election (while Blair was leader, a year after the Iraq war) when the majority was reduced to 6.5 percentage points.

And before that in 1983 (under Foot) when Labour won by 6.3 points
Data up at midnight ... CWU commissioned @Survation poll of the constituency
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7 Mar
If you have time, a few pieces on #Budget2021 that I think are worth a read 🧵

Firstly, this thread by @oeufling👇
2/ mentioned in the above thread, this by @L__Macfarlane for @openDemocracy

"while the chancellor said the Budget would “ask more" of those who can afford to contribute and "protect" those who cannot, in practice it delivered the reverse"
3/ There was lots of talk of Rishi Sunak stealing John McDonnell's policies, so this for @ipaperviews is an interesting retort:

"He might be using some of my words and ideas but it is all rhetoric and no substance"

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20 Jan
Inflation is at 0.6%
Private sector rent is up 1.4%
Millions of workers will soon be getting a pay freeze.
We need to cap rents, not benefits
And worse is seemingly to come:

According to @ONS today:

"rental growth expectations for the coming three months strengthened slightly, with contributors across virtually all parts of the UK envisaging rents rising over the near term"
Even worse news for those renters hoping one day to buy:
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21 Nov 20
This week alone there's been more scandalous revelations on the Government's cack-handed PPE purchasing, the scandal of the Windrush compensation scheme, the Grenfell inquiry, Priti Patel bullying cover-up ...

... and Labour has focused on itself with inevitable results:
In case you've missed any of this ... 🧵

We’ve seen shocking testimony from Grenfell from the former employee of the cladding company involved

This is corporate manslaughter
The scandal of the Windrush compensation scheme
And the most senior black Home Office employee quit describing the scheme as systemically racist and unfit for purpose
Read 11 tweets
11 Nov 20
Big news today about Croydon Council issuing a Section 114 notice- effectively declaring itself bankrupt 🧵
Croydon is not the first council to go bust and it won’t be the last.

The first was Conservative Northamptonshire County Council in 2018
It won’t be the last because councils have suffered huge austerity cuts to their funding from central govt (nb council tax doesn't cover much of the services councils provide).

Councils in England are, in 2020, spending £7.8bn a year less on key services than they did in 2010.
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9 Nov 20
Today marks the 55th anniversary of the abolition of the death penalty in Britain*

The death penalty remains in dozens of countries around the world, including China, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq and many US states. 🧵
*It was not repealed in Northern Ireland until 1973 (and not entirely removed from the statute books in the UK until 1998)
Please support the great human rights organisations campaigning to end the death penalty and stop executions, like @Reprieve
And @amnesty amnesty.org.uk/blogs/anti-dea…
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