The Labour Party’s longest-standing MP, Dennis Skinner, could lose his seat at the upcoming general election, according to new polling.
Polling from campaign group Best for Britain predicts that Skinner could be set for a surprise election defeat, potentially losing his seat in Bolsover, Derbyshire, to the Conservatives.
Skinner has held the seat since 1970, and we don’t know whether local affection towards the Labour MP will save him from a Tory challenge, but the signs don’t look good at this stage.
Best for Britain’s polling has the Tories on 34%, with Skinner trailing on 28% – a fall of 23% on the 2017 general election.
Skinner is a staunch socialist and supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, who’s gained a reputation in the House of Commons for his scathing anti-Tory putdowns (his “dodgy Dave” jibe at David Cameron is particularly memorable).
Skinner is set to become Father of the House (i.e. the longest-serving MP), if he retains his seat in December. Many Labour activists will be determined to ensure that he makes it back to Westminster on 13th December.