Caroline Flint, candidate for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, commenting on research from BBM campaigns on Listening to Labour’s Lost Voters, said:
"This research reveals the scale of the challenge facing the Labour Party. At the election we lost working-class and middle-class voters. We lost support in areas that were previously described as our heartlands and in Middle England. We lost in the South and in the North. The challenge is not just about the centre ground: it’s about the ground to the South, the North and in Scotland. It’s about carving out new Labour territory – because Labour wins only when we build coalitions with roots in every part of the country and all classes.
"The real test for any candidate standing in Labour's leadership elections is not whether they push the buttons of party members, but whether they can win back Labour's lost voters. I can - which is why I'm the deputy leader candidate most feared by the Tories."
Notes to editors:
1. Labour’s lost voters may never return again, study finds
The Observer, 19 July 2015
2. A poll of Conservative councillors by the Labour History Research Unit at Anglia Ruskin showed that Caroline Flint is the most feared candidate by the Conservatives. 36 per cent believe that Flint is the candidate they should "most fear", compared with 22 per cent for Ben Bradshaw, 20 per cent for Tom Watson, and 12 per cent for Stella Creasy.
New Statesman, 1 July 2015