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Divided by values: Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party and England's 'North-South Divide'

Beech, Matt; Hickson, Kevin


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Dr Matt Beech
Reader in Politics and Director of the Centre for British Politics

Kevin Hickson


This article explores the sociocultural divide in England exposed by Brexit. The metaphors of ‘North’ and ‘South’ are used to explain this, where the former is seen as more culturally conservative and the latter as more cosmopolitan. We examine the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn and show how its values have shifted away from its northern heartlands. The article uses a range of data including by-elections, local and general election results and statistics from the 2016 referendum on the United Kingdom’s continued membership of the European Union.


Beech, M., & Hickson, K. (2020). Divided by values: Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party and England's 'North-South Divide'. Revue Française de Civilisation Britannique, 24(2),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 28, 2019
Online Publication Date May 26, 2020
Publication Date 2020-05
Deposit Date May 16, 2019
Publicly Available Date May 26, 2020
Journal Revue Francaise de Civilisation Britannique
Print ISSN 0248-9015
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 2
Series Title Revisiting the UK’s North-South Divide: the Changing Face of the North
Keywords Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Party, England, North-South Divide
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