There’s a great by James Johnson in the Occasions on why the probable CON victory tonight in Hartlepool will not be as extraordinary as it appears. He argues:
…the constituency has a uniquely huge Brexit Social gathering vote from 2019. On the lookout just at seats where the Conservatives had been in 2nd position, this was the major in the region — and the 3rd-greatest in general. It is just one of only 5 of 650 seats where by the Brexit Celebration share was previously mentioned 20 for each cent. …That exceptionally superior Brexit Bash vote indicates that we are unable to say considerably about the relaxation of the Purple Wall from any Hartlepool outcome, particularly the seats won by the Conservatives final time. Only 7 for every cent of the seats gained by the Tories in the north and the midlands have the Brexit Bash on extra than 10 for every cent of the vote...We currently know what Hartlepool can tell us. That there is a realignment in our politics. That Boris Johnson is preferred. That Labour is seen as out of contact by a lot of of its former working-class supporters. A Tory gain would not be a political earthquake, but a seat enjoying catch-up with what now took place in 2019.
Hopefully the count will be completed somewhat promptly and we’ll be capable to get some rest.