‘Labour should appeal to English identifiers’ as poll shows 62% would vote for English Parliament
Labour should do more to appeal to people who identify as English rather than British after a poll showed that 62% would vote for an English Parliament, a campaign group has said.
According to the poll by Public First, an even bigger majority of ‘English identifiers’ – 72% – want laws that only apply in England to be made by MPs elected in England. 64% of all English voters, including ‘British identifiers’, thought the same.
English Labour Network, who commissioned the poll, said that it showed that Labour might start to win voters back by promising to stand up for English interests.
They suggested making sure that Labour names England when talking about England, publishing a manifesto for England, and devolving more powers within England.
The poll suggested that at the moment voters who are ‘more English than British’ are much less likely to vote Labour than the ‘more British than English’ (40% Conservative, 20% Labour), or to say that Labour is the best party to stand up for England’s interests (38% Conservative, 20% Labour).
Director of the English Labour Network and former Labour Cabinet Minister John Denham said: “Many issues shape the decisions voters make and England and English identity are not the only things that matter. But these issues touch on one of the most basic relationships between party and voter – does this party understand me and will it stand up for the things that are important to me? Labour is clearly failing to connect with English voters
“Our polling highlights Labour’s challenge. But it also suggests that a radical policy of democratic reform at national and local level would chime with English voters and get a warm reception from voters in England of all identities.”
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