Peterborough By-election and its significance

Labour have hold on to Peterborough seat in yesterday’s by-election.

The Brexit Party came second; the Conservatives were pushed into third place with only 21% votes.

This is bad news for both the Conservatives and the Brexit Party.

There is no surprise why the Tories came third.

The impact of their decade long failed governing was mentioned even in the United Nations Report released on 23rd April by the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.

Report of the Special Rapporteur

Here are some highlights from the report by Philip Alston:

  • One fifth of its population (14 million people) live in poverty.
  • Four million of those are more than 50 per cent below the poverty line and 1.5 million experienced destitution in 2017, unable to afford basic essentials.
  • Following drastic changes in government economic policy beginning in 2010, the two preceding decades of progress in tackling child and pensioner poverty have begun to unravel and poverty is again on the rise.
  • Relative child poverty rates are expected to increase by 7 per cent between 2015 and 2021 and overall child poverty rates to reach close to 40 per cent.
  • For almost one in every two children to be poor in twenty-first century Britain would not just be a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster rolled into one.

Harsh current reality of the world’s fifth largest economy.

Let’s come back to Peterborough, which is considered as a key marginal seat by election pundits.

The constituency voted 61% to Leave in 2016 referendum; still, the Brexit Party could not win the seat.

Why?

The answer is simple;  voters understand that Brexit is not the one and only issue we face.

While the country is divided on Brexit, the real division is not how we voted in the referendum, but the inequality in our current times.

As Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said:  “The result is a very clear evidence that there is support for Labour’s programme to end austerity and invest in services and communities”.

This result shows that in spite of the divisions and deadlock over Brexit, when it comes to a vote on the issues that directly affect people’s lives, Labour’s case for real change has strong support across the country”, he said.

Congratulations to the newly elected MP!

Let us repeat this win in each constituency in the next general election, to elect a government for the many; to end austerity, to invest services and communities.

 

 

 

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