General Election 2019 Workington Man
A think tank identified identified ‘Workington Man’ as a stereotypical swing voter – an older white man who votes Labour but also voted for Brexit, to leave the EU.
This crucial group of voters in the ‘Labour Heartlands’ of northern England is the Conservatives new target voter, and could be key to the outcome of this weeks General Election.
The coastal town of Workington, Cumbria has a population of just over 25,000 people and is currently a Labour seat held by MP Sue Hayman with a 4,000 majority. On assignment for Helsingin Sanomat we met with residents at the local British Legion and shopping center. One man showed a picture of his dog’s nose predicting the outcome on his postal ballot paper (Conservative) “I did help him a bit” he said.
Update: The Conservative’s Mark Jenkinson was elected MP with 20,488 votes, beating Labour’s Sue Hayman with a 4,176 majority.