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Modern, multicultural and surprisingly liberal: this is the real ‘red wall’ | John Harris

It’s wrong to stereotype Labour’s lost heartlands. They have more in common with metropolitan Britain than you may think

The election of 2019 and the political climate surrounding it now feel like relics of a different age. But one of the key elements of those distant weeks has stuck around: the concept of the red wall, a byword for the post-industrial places in the Midlands, the north of England and north Wales that were once solidly loyal to Labour but now have new Conservative MPs.

In the Guardian, Keir Starmer’s speech to Labour’s virtual conference was framed as urging “red-wall voters to ‘take another look at Labour’”. Last week, protests by north-east Tory MPs about Covid restrictions were characterised as a “red wall revolt”, while government plans to abolish district councils boiled down to an attempt to “shore up the red wall”.

Related: One in three ‘red wall’ families £1,000 a year worse off under Tory plans

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