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Labor are on track to retake the Tory seats in Doncaster and South Yorkshire if they mirror the swing of the Wakefield by-election, the party says UK News

Doncaster elected its first Tory MP in Nick Fletcher since the 1960s in 2019, but current polls suggest he could lose his seat to Labor at the next general election.

First-time neighboring Tories Alexander Stafford in Rother Valley and Miriam Cates in Penistone & Stocksbridge are also behind Labor in the polls.

Labour, who retook Wakefield in a June 23 by-election with a 12.7 per cent lead, say if they mirrored this in the next general election they would take 14 seats from the Tories in Yorkshire and the Humber .

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(LR) Alexander Stafford, MP for Rother Valley; Nick Fletcher, MP for Don Valley and Miriam Cates, MP for Penistone & Stocksbridge. Credit: British Parliament

Fletcher has a majority of just over 3,600 votes and a 4% swing would be enough for Labor to retake the seat.

Stafford, with a majority of 6,318 votes, would need a 6.5% swing against him to lose the seat. Cates, whose seat straddles parts of Sheffield and Barnsley, has a majority of 7,210. A swing of 7.3% would be enough for Labour.

Labor itself says an 11% vote change in its favor would be enough to win the next general election.

But Fletcher hit back at the data and said Labour’s lost deposit in the Tiverton & Honiton by-election would not lead them to a general election victory.

‘This round of by-elections has seen Labor lose their deposit in Devon so it will certainly not lead to them winning a general election,’ he said.

“We are now a city but we still need a new hospital, a rail link to the airport and to open the center with free parking.

“I know Doncaster very well. In fact, I live here and work hard to keep us going.

“That’s what I focus on. I am convinced that this is what my constituents want and I will continue to work for Don Valley.

Sheffield Heeley MP Louise Haigh, Labour’s shadow transport secretary, said: “Winning Wakefield back puts us firmly on the path to No 10.

“We have the ideas and the vision for this country, while the Conservatives have dragged us into an economic disaster without absolutely knowing how to get out of it.

“The people of Wakefield have spoken, and time is up for Boris Johnson’s Tories.”

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This notice was published: 2022-06-29 13:36:05

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