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Jeremy Corbyn plays it safe in Hastings

10 July 2017

7:30 AM

10 July 2017

7:30 AM

With a recent YouGov poll giving Labour a six-point-lead over the Conservatives, it’s little wonder that Jeremy Corbyn is keen to pitch his party as a government-in-waiting. In this vein, the Labour leader has been visiting Tory marginals on weekends.

On Saturday, Corbyn was in Hastings & Rye, where the Home Secretary clung onto her seat by the smallest of margins in the snap election:

‘Once a ‘safe Tory seat’, now a marginal, we will win Hastings & Rye at the next election.’

But was Hastings & Rye really a ‘safe Tory seat’ until the Corbynistas arrived on the scene? In truth, the seat is hardly a Tory stronghold – it was held by Labour’s Michael Foster from 1997 to 2010 when Amber Rudd defied the odds and turned it blue with a narrow majority of 2,000. Mr S suspects this is one stop on Corbyn’s tour where the Labour leader could be accused of playing it safe.

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