Sebastian Payne

Sat 16 July 2022

Broken Heartlands: A Journey Through Labour’s Lost England

Broken Heartlands: A Journey Through Labour’s Lost England

Sebastian Payne, Whitehall Editor for the Financial Times, makes a political road-trip through ten constituencies that made up Labour’s ‘red wall’. Originally from the North East himself, he sets out to uncover the real story of what turned these traditionally Labour seats to the Conservatives for the first time in living memory at the 2019 election. On the way, he explores significant and nuanced social and economic forces decades in the making, including generational shift, the changing nature of work, de-industrialisation and struggling public services.

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