Kate Hoey has described the Labour Party’s efforts to appeal to Brexit supporters in the North of England as “much too late and much too little”.
Her comments come after reports that the party intends to change election strategy and appeal to Leave voters in areas where it may risk losing seats to the Conservatives.
Until now, the Labour campaign has maintained that the election is about more than Brexit, and tried to focus on other issues which would unite Labour voters in Leave and Remain areas.
But the new tactic is to emphasise in Labour heartlands that the party’s promise of a second referendum is not an attempt to stop the UK leaving the EU.
But former Labour MP Ms Hoey told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer that the attempt to woo voters “who have been ignored” is “a bit rich”.
She criticised the party leader, saying: “This whole argument has been lost some time ago when Jeremy Corbyn allowed himself to be basically out voted and be taken over by the very strong remainers, London-centric remainers in Labour.”
And she warned that Labour’s change in tact with just two weeks to go until the nation takes to the polls may not make the difference the party hopes for.
“This is an election most of all about getting a final result on leaving the EU and getting us out," she added.
“Really the only party that has a realistic chance of being in government is the Conservative Party, so that’s why I’ve got not much sympathy for my party in the way that they’ve handled this.”
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