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Jeremy Corbyn’s first few days as Labour Party Leader have not gone as well as one may have hoped. There are of course many reasons for this but the one that shouldn’t be overlooked is the new Leader of the Opposition’s misplaced attempt at moderation.

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To be elected in 2020, the Labour Party needs to confront one problem above all others.

And that problem is that it is seen as the party of poor people.

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Yorkshire and the Midlands have traditionally been where British elections are won and lost. Yorkshire is perhaps the most demographically and geographically diverse region in England and its distribution of seats goes from the huge sprawling cities of Leeds and Bradford to the small villages that make up a massive constituency such as Haltonprice and Howdon. Whichever party performs best in Yorkshire will probably have the most seats in the new House of Commons on Friday morning. Here are my seven seats to watch.

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The first thing to say about this particular region is that it’s an entirely LibDem free zone. That won’t be unusual after Thursday but today it’s noticeable. If UKIP has a very good night it may win one seat and the party’s voters may determine the balance between Labour and the Conservatives in a number of seats. Still, this is the purest Labour-Conservative contest in the country.

These are my seven seats to watch in the East Midlands:

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The West Midlands is a region packed with Lab-Con marginals and it is no great surprise that the party leaders have already spent a great deal of time in this region. In 2010 the Conservatives did better in the West Midlands than they did in the UK as a whole. Because of this most of these marginals are defended by Conservatives and if Labour has any hope not only of winning a majority, but even of becoming the largest party, they will have to do well in this region. As for the Lib Dems, this is a particularly barren region for them. They only hold two seats and might lost both of them. Here are my seven seats to watch. (more…)

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Labour Party may be ahead in the polls but it has one fundamental weakness in this campaign – it is fighting on so many different fronts simultaneously. Bizarrely Ed Miliband has demanded that he gatecrash tonights BBC’s ‘Challengers Debate’ in a move that can only damagingly expose the tensions at the heart of his Labour Party.

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Iain Duncan Smith, author of the Welfare Bill. (c) PA

You can’t accuse the Conservative party of being out of touch. They’ve heard the recent wave of discontent aimed at the 1% and produced legislation aim to hit them where it hurts; in the wallet. However, it is unfortunate that they’ve taken aim at the top 1% of benefit claimants rather than the extremely wealthy as Occupy intended. The highly publicised benefit cap is winding its path through the Lords right now as part of the coalition’s flagship Welfare Bill but far from a principled stance, or a necessary adjustment, it is simply playing politics with the lives of the poorest to save a pathetic 0.1% from the welfare budget.

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