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Behind the 'red wall': why the north believes in Boris Johnson to deliver

Boris Johnson speaks to supporters during a visit to see the newly-elected Conservative MP for Sedgefield
Boris Johnson speaks to supporters during a visit to see the newly-elected Conservative MP for Sedgefield Credit: PA

L三级成人视频unchtime at the Tap and Tun pub on Newgate Street in the County Durham town of Bishop Auckland and brothers Philip and Stephen Mason perch on bar stools in the middle of a landslide.

Just over a week ago the pair voted for the Conservative Party for the first time in their lives, a previously unimaginable act of heresy in this once rock-solid Labour seat. Some 24,000 of their fellow citizens ticked the same box, giving an 8,000 majority to the new Conservative MP, 26-year-old Dehenna Davison.

“Our father was a big Labour三级成人视频 man and we would never even have thought about the Tories before,” says Philip, a 66-year-old former tyre factory worker. “But it wasn’t a spur of a moment thing. We knew what...

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