Labour voters abandon party after Ian Austin call to vote Tory ‘Corbyn would ruin country’

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VOTERS in Ian Austin’s Dudley North constituency backed his attack on Jeremy Corbyn yesterday but had mixed feelings about where their votes would go instead.

Steel worker David Tinsley, 61, of Dudley said: “I always voted Labour, since I’ve been old enough to vote. But I’ll never vote for Labour while Corbyn’s in charge. He has stopped Brexit. We need to get Brexit done and move on. I’ll vote Brexit Party or Conservative for the first time. Ian Austin was a good MP. I’d vote Labour again if they get a new leader, but they need to change policies.

“Corbyn would ruin the country and spend all our money.”

His wife Joyce Tinsley, 60, a sewing machinist, added: “I think the same as my husband. I’ll never vote Labour while Corbyn’s in charge.

“Labour have been trying to stop Brexit, so I’ll probably vote Brexit Party.”

Dave Carter, 51, Lower Gornall, toy shop owner said: “I agree with Ian Austin. I’ve voted Labour for thirty years but couldn’t as long as Corbyn is leader.

“I think he’s ignored anti-Semitism and done nothing about it.

“And another issue is Diane Abbott. She can’t count a potato.

“I voted remain but I’ve changed my mind now. I just want to get on with leaving.

“I’ll see who I’ll vote for. I’m not sure about the Brexit Party because I don’t know what they’ll do beyond Brexit.”

Mike Hughes, 51, a cake seller from Kingswinford said: “I agree with Ian Austin.

“I think there are things Jeremy Corbyn stands for that are not morally right.

“He has supported terrorist organisations like the IRA and Hezbollah that have brought misery to our country.

“And the issue of anti -semitism has brought shame to him and his party.

“I’m normally a Conservative voter and I think Boris is the right person to get Brexit done and be prime minister.

“But Ian Austin was a decent, upstanding local MP. He’ll be a loss to his party and Parliament.”

Butcher John Green, 51, from Dudley said: “I think Ian Austin is pretty much on the right lines.

“He’s not someone I’d vote for. I’ve always voted Conservative and will again.

“But he was a good local MP and it’s the Labour party I don’t agree with.

“I voted leave because of the politicians in Europe.”

Known by locals as the Capital of the Black Country, the industrial town of Dudley is seen as a key area for the Conservatives in the upcoming election.

Dudley North was one of the few seats that saw the Tories up their share of the vote in 2017 after Ian Austin’s majority was cut to just 22 – down from 4,181 in 2015.

And the town resoundingly backed Leave at the EU referendum, by 68 percent to 32 percent.

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