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ALIENATION THREATENS LABOUR VOTE

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Labour cannot afford to further alienate its activists if it is to shore up its electoral appeal, according to elec...
Labour cannot afford to further alienate its activists if it is to shore up its electoral appeal, according to election experts Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher.

In this week's LGC, Professors Rallings and Thrasher point out that Labour's retained vote - the by-election vote expressed as a percentage of its vote at the previous May election - is down at 68%. This compares with 71% for the Tories during the Major years.

They say the support of party activists 'willing to spend their Saturday afternoons leafleting busy shoppers' is crucial at the polls.
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