The 2016 Brexit vote set England’s deindustrialised periphery against its metropolitan centres, creating traps for both main parties, from which the right has now emerged victorious. But it didn’t have to be that way. Laura Smith was one of the surprise winners of Labour’s radical left 2017 election campaign, taking the seat of Crewe and Nantwich, which had voted over 60% to leave the EU. As Labour drifted Remain-ward in the run-up to the 2019 election, Laura was one of a minority of voices warning that England’s rustbelt wouldn’t stand for it. To discuss Corbynism, the Brexit vice grip, and what next for radical politics in the deindustrialised Midlands and North, EDA are honoured to joined by the former MP for Crewe and Nantwich.
First, the lads get into it over the latest academic fraud case.