Labour’s General Election candidate in Lichfield and Burntwood has hailed “the Corbyn factor” after claiming 5,000 more votes than he did in 2015.
Chris Worsey picked up 15,437 votes this time around compared to 10,200 two years ago.
But despite Michael Fabricant once again holding onto the seat for the Conservatives, the Labour hopeful – who hasn’t ruled out standing again in the constituency in future – said the national picture showed Jeremy Corbyn had unsettled the political establishment.
“I got 5,000 more votes than I did in 2015,” Mr Worsey said. “I’m under no illusion that the increase in the vote is purely down to the Corbyn factor.
“I think we’re seeing some of the old assumptions in politics coming to the end. The election really has surpassed all expectations.
“Theresa May has run one of the worst campaigns in British political history, while Jeremy Corbyn surprised everyone with a really great campaign. He came across as a caring, authentic individual.”
Despite picking up more votes than in 2015, Mr Worsey saw the Conservatives comfortably hang on to the Lichfield seat they’ve held since its creation in 2017.
The Labour hopeful said it would be interesting to see what happened when Mr Fabricant eventually decided to stand down.
“Michael’s been in for a long time and has built up a personal following,” he added. “We obviously don’t know when the next General Election will be. It could be in October or it could be in 2022. Who knows?
“One thing’s for sure, no-one can predict anything in politics at the moment.”