What do recent election results tell us about Labour’s chances of returning to power?
Author: Marc Limon
Marc is executive director of the Universal Rights Group, a think tank focused on international human rights policy, with offices in Geneva, New York, and Bogota. From 2006 to 2012 he worked as a diplomat at the UN Human Rights Council and before this he was a government relations consultant in Brussels, advising a range of clients on EU external relations, human rights, trade and environmental policy. He is a Hull boy and Tigers fan.
What do recent election results tell us about Labour’s chances of returning to power? This article, the first in a two-part series, will focus on the first of those categories: audience. Who does Labour need to reach out to? Which parts of the British electorate should be prioritised?
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