Both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats like to claim that ‘Labour can’t win’ in Harrogate & Knaresborough, despite the fact that this isn’t true. In fact our local party has been campaigning actively in the community for years and has built a real presence on the doorstep.
The truth is that the last time Harrogate & Knaresborough voted, in 2017, Labour doubled their share of the vote to over 20% – only 3 percentage points behind the Liberal Democrats, who barely increased their own share of the vote. In the 2018 local elections Labour also ran a strong challenge to the Liberal Democrats, coming only fourty votes behind in the Harrogate Fairfax ward after campaigning by local members. Labour and the Liberal Democrats are now neck and neck in the constituency, and Labour has momentum on its side.
Vote share change since 2015
2017 Election Results
Both parties have an interest in downplaying the chance of you electing a Labour MP who would work in the interests of the many, not the few, when representing Harrogate & Knaresborough. It is now possible that the many residents who want a Labour voice fighting for our area in Parliament can see that dream fulfilled, however, and cause a genuine change to the two-party system which has done nothing to help our local area.
A vote for Labour is not a wasted vote – it is a vote for a fairer economy, more money for our local schools and hospital, and a greener planet. Labour can win here, and will.