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Those who are arguing Labour needs to move to the left to win seats may want to consider the result in Clay Cross North in Derbyshire, which has just gone Conservative for the first time.
Derbyshire county council leader Barry Lewis (Con), tweeted that he “never did imagine” it would be possible to push Labour into second place in the ward, for so long a Labour stronghold.
Clay Cross was home to Dennis Skinner, the Beast of Bolsover, who lost his parliamentary seat to the Tories in 2019. Clay Cross is a totemic area for the far-left, thanks to the defiant stance taken by its Militant-dominated Labour council in the 1970s. One of Skinner’s brothers, David, was among those taken to court for refusing to implement the Housing Finance Act, which forced councils to increase rents to a level comparable to the private sector.