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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentGovernment · 1 decade ago

How does the Labour party patronage work? (UK only please)?

How do they maintain their grip on inner cities constituencies and Local Authorities?

I live in one of these places; they are pretty appalling in terms of structures, facilities and services. They look and feel more like district of Karachi than 21st century urban boroughs. And they have been this way for a long time. And yet voters keep returning Labour MPs and councilors.

How does it work?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It's mainly tradition. There are a huge number of people who have always voted Labour and whose families have always voted Labour, and would never vote for anyone else, however incompetent the Labour politicians might be. It is a common belief in such parts of the country that the Tories are not the party of the workers (a category with which many in the inner cities associate themselves) and that voting Labour is the way to keep the Tories out.

    Perhaps there's also an element of there being a disproportionately large Trade Union membership in the inner cities, and the Trade Unions are supporters of Labour.

    Of course, this works the other way in some of the affluent rural constituencies where you could install a dead dog as a Conservative candidate and it would still be returned with a large majority.

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