New figures reveal 85 per cent of people in Doncaster mining village voted to leave EU

Figures released this afternoon have revealed that 85 per cent of people in a Doncaster mining village voted to leave the European Union in Thursday's historic referendum.

Monday, 27th June 2016, 5:36 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 8:48 pm
85 per cent of people who voted in a Doncaster mining village opted to leave the European Union.

In an open letter to Don Valley Labour Party members published this afternoon, MP for the area, Caroline Flint, stated that just 15 per cent of those who voted in Denaby Main opted to remain in the European Union.

This compares with 48 per cent of people who voted to stay in the EU nationally, and 31 per cent in the wider Doncaster area.

Speaking in the letter, Ms Flint said the referendum highlighted divisions within the Labour Party.

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She said: "It saddens me that Labour voters were divided on this question. Labour’s message was confusing.

"Just a few weeks before the vote, half our voters did not know that Labour was saying ‘Vote Remain’.

"The LEAVE campaign added to the confusion with their red bus, red posters, red leaflets and NHS message.

"Labour’s campaign had little to say about immigration – even though it was the biggest concern by a country mile.

"This is a dangerous time for Labour. This campaign has opened a chasm between our voters in English and Welsh towns and those in the big metropolitan and university cities. Places that feel left behind."

Ms Flint's letter comes in the midst of a Labour leadership crisis that has seen 20 out of 31 senior members resign from Jeremy Corbyn's Shadow Cabinet in the last 48 hours in the wake of the EU referendum result.

Mr Corbyn, who took over from Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband as Labour leader in a landslide victory last September, is facing a vote of no confidence from Labour MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Party - with a non-binding vote on his leadership expected to take place tomorrow.

He fronted Labour's 'Remain' campaign.

Read the letter in full here.