Balls Invades Leeds

Today’s Yorkshire Evening Post has a rather boring story about Ed Balls being concerned about local road safety. However being photographed at the “junction of Melton Avenue and Sharp Lane” he’s not actually in his constituency. Everything to the left of the motorway on this map is actually in Hilary Benn’s seat. It seems like a pretty basic error for an MP not to even know where his own constituency starts and finishes, but as so often with Ed Balls, this is surely too much of a coincidence…

When the result of the Parliamentary Boundary review is announced, Leeds is expected to lose one seat – which is likely to result in an all out punch-up between Hilary Benn, who is currently in Leeds Central, and Balls who only just retained his neighbouring Morley and Outwood seat at the last election. It Looks like Ed is already parking his tank… 




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David Cowling, the BBC’s head of political research, in an internal memo…

“It seems to me that the London bubble has to burst if there is to be any prospect of addressing the issues that have brought us to our current situation. There are many millions of people in the UK who do not enthuse about diversity and do not embrace metropolitan values yet do not consider themselves lesser human beings for all that. Until their values and opinions are acknowledged and respected, rather than ignored and despised, our present discord will persist. Because these discontents run very wide and very deep and the metropolitan political class, confronted by them, seems completely bewildered and at a loss about how to respond (“who are these ghastly people and where do they come from?” doesn’t really hack it). The 2016 EU referendum has witnessed the cashing in of some very bitter bankable grudges but I believe that, throughout this 2016 campaign, Europe has been the shadow not the substance.”

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