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Stoke-on-Trent is the Brexit heartland that could be Corbyn’s Waterloo | John Harris

If December’s Richmond Park byelection offered a fascinating insight into one side of the 48:52 divide, this one should give us the opposite viewpoint

If you want to get an idea of England’s prevailing mood, go to the Midlands. That wasn’t a bad principle to apply to the general election, when the Warwickshire town of Nuneaton became a byword for the Tories’ defeat of Ed Miliband’s Labour party. Now, with the news that the Labour MP Tristram Hunt is resigning a seat that was destined to disappear under boundary changes, triggering a byelection, the same idea looks very relevant again.

Related: Tristram Hunt to quit as MP to become V&A director

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