ENERGY concerns in Red Wall seats may “backfire badly” on the Conservative Party, political commentator Nadine Batchelor-Hunt told LBC.
Red Wall Tory MPs are privately angry at the way in which the Government is handling the energy crisis, according to Nadine Batchelor-Hunt. The political commentator told LBC that voters in the newly won Conservative seats in the north of England will feel a sense of betrayal if the Government does not intervene to save local heavy industries which are struggling amid the soaring cost of energy.
Ms Batchelor-Hunt told LBC: “One of the huge things about Brexit was not outsourcing steel making steel be built in the UK and therefore allowing British steel and industries like that to survive.
“I think if this energy crisis is not dealt with a lot of these Red Wall seats will feel betrayed.
“When I was at Conservative Conference there were Conservative MPs who are new MPs in the Red Wall who do feel like they are not important and they are not being listened to.
“Particularly as they are touted as these ‘oh look we have won these seats’ this if the future of the Conservative Party…and privately they just feel ignored.
She added: “So I feel if this steel situation is not dealt with…and we already now the Conservative are losing their lead according to polling within these Red Wall seats.
“I think one of them was sort of Tories on 41 and Labour at 40.
“I think this could backfire quite badly for the Government and these communities have really suffered in recessions and things like that.
“If you leave them behind again I think you could have an impact on the voters as well I feel their MPs could feel quite betrayed as well.”
Steel manufacturing and ceramics are amongst the worst hit amid the soaring energy prices.
Gareth Stace, director-general of UK Steel, has called on the Prime Minister to “bang ministerial heads together” to avoid an industry crisis hitting his sector.
Speaking to the Times Radio Drive show, Dave Dalton, chief executive at British Glass, said the glass sector alone employs 6,000 people directly and between 100,000 and 120,000 in the sector more widely.
He said: “I think we might find as much as a quarter of those are at the moment in the spotlight, and we would want some. “Brinkwire Summary News”.