Labour now third most popular party among working class voters, poll reveals. Watch
Labour is now the third most popular party among working class voters, a new poll has revealed, as the party faces a close-run battle with Ukip to hold on to one of its key seats in the north.
Research undertaken by YouGov found that Labour ranks behind Ukip and the Conservatives among lower-income voters for what could be the first time in the party's history.
No way back for Labour now.
It's historic support base was, from the very beginning an alliance of middle class, socially liberal "progressives" (at the outset the Fabians) and the socially conservative working classes in the former industrial heartlands.
It was always an uneasy alliance, but it held firm enough for them to win a few elections.
But now these two groups have incompatible, mutually self exclusive aims. The metropolitan lefties are pro Remain, pro unlimited immigration, pro multiculturalism and pro Muslim.
The working class are pro Brexit, pro immigration controls, pro patriotism and British nationalism.
If the party pivots to the working class it loses the middle class progressives, if it continues its current course it just becomes the party of the middle class public sector and Muslims.
And loses the working class. That is how to interpret this data.