Alex Deane, a Brexit campaigner, said that last Thursday’s election highlighted how the party’s appeal to its traditional working-class base has evaporated. Mr Deane said the party increasingly only appealed to young, urban voters but there wasn’t “enough of them” to compensate for the loss of swathes of alienated working-class people who used to solidly back the party.
This was shown by Labour retaining its hold on cities like London and Manchester while more rural areas increasingly turned to the Tories.
Mr Deane, who helped found the Museum of Brexit, told Express.co.uk: “A big shift in British politics is taking place. Labour is becoming increasingly a party of young, urban voters.
“I’m sure that that feels nice as they’re active on social media and in demonstrations. But there aren’t enough of them, and they don’t turn out in enough numbers, to compensate for the working voters Labour is losing.
“It’s a direction of travel that leads to being an increasingly fringe political movement rather than a party that aspires to govern.
Instead he laid the blame for the election defeats firmly at the feet of party leader Sir Keir Starmer.
He also slammed him for sacking deputy leader Angela Rayner from her roles as party chairman and national campaigns coordinator.
This came shortly after he publicly insisted that he would take “full responsibility” for the election failures.
His actions sparked an outcry – prompting Sir Keir to give Ms Rayner “a major promotion” to become shadow chancellor to the Duchy of Lancaster last night.
Pointing out these gaping inconsistencies, Mr Deane said: “Starmer says he takes ‘full responsibility’ – it takes a QC’s linguistic skills to make that mean taking no responsibility. Deputy heads are rolling.
“Politics is a hard game. Sometimes it’s just not your time. Michael Howard would have been a perfectly good Prime Minister but the times were against him and he lost.
“Like him, Starmer is a QC leading an Opposition in some trouble – history may repeat itself.
“My advice for Starmer would be that this is the time to say ‘this is my team and I stand by them’.
“But it seems he’s going in another direction.”