Thursday February 20, 2020

Turning the sky blue

Defunct steelworks dot the skyline of England’s north-east, and while promises to turn the area into a powerhouse may be greeted with cynicism, the Conservatives are gaining momentum in an area where Labour has traditionally dominated

4th June, 2017
Theresa May: under fire for a lacklustre campaign Picture: Getty

On a boarded-up window of a dilapidated former pub near the shuttered steelworks is a royal-blue poster with one word: ‘Conservatives’.

Less than a week away from an election in Britain, it looks like a battle flag planted behind enemy lines. This is north-east England, dyed red by the Labour Party for generations, and the idea of anything else in the region’s dejected post-industrial towns would have been unthinkable just a year ago....

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