How Tory young guns led a working class revolution that smashed the Red Walls of Labour heartlands

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A WORKING class revolution smashed the Red Wall of Labour heartlands and turned the North blue.

The Brexit backlash swept away generations of Labour rule and saw Tory young guns Dehenna Davison and Jacob Young lead the charge with stunning victories.

How Tory young gun Dehenna Davison led a revolution that crushed Corbyn’s Red Wall
In Redcar, Jacob Young defeated Labours Anna Turley with a swing in votes of 15.5 per cent

Delighted Dehenna, 25, became Bishop Aucklands first Conservative MP since the seat was created in 1935 and won with a majority of nearly 8,000.

Now one the youngest MPs, she said: It is a chance to shape a better Britain. This election was not about maintaining the status quo.

It has been a vote for change to transform and unite our nation. Few in the hard-up North East town yesterday were surprised by the result.

McDonalds worker John Brown, 63, said: Jeremy Corbyn is a clown. He and his party took us for granted.

They assumed we would back Labour because we always have. Hairdresser Juliet Metcalfe, 56, said: For the last three years the will of the people has been blocked.

People voted for Boris Johnson because hes going to follow through with the result of the 2016 referendum.

In the run-up to the election Dehenna spoke of the family tragedy that now guides her politics. She was just 13 when her dad Dominic was killed by a single blow to the head in the pub.

She recalled how she sat in a hospital waiting room as doctors battled in vain for 45 minutes to save him. She said: I still picture it. I can tell you what the colour the walls were and everything.

BREXIT BACKLASH

Sheffield-born Dehenna attended every day of the resulting murder trial and the crushing not guilty verdict. She said: It gave me a very clear sense of injustice. I grew up overnight.

Paying tribute to her family after her win, she said: I stand here today as a Conservative because of the values they instilled in me hard work, aspiration and grasping every opportunity you get.

Dehenna, known as Dee, worked in a computer game shop before studying politics at Hull University, then spending a year as an aide to Jacob Rees-Mogg.

In 2018 she appeared on Channel 4 show Bride and Prejudice as she prepared to marry 59-year-old hubby, councillor John Fareham.

In Redcar, near Middlesbrough, Jacob Young defeated Labours Anna Turley with a swing in votes of 15.5 per cent.

At 26, Jacob will join Dehenna as one of the new breed of MPs after smashing Ms Turleys 9,485 majority and returning with his own of 3,527.

The ardent Brexiteer said: People round here felt like they were ignored, felt like they werent listened to and thats been borne in the result. He told voters: Im listening. I want to know what I can do on your behalf.

Theres a lot of things that we want to do here and, now that weve got a Conservative majority government, we can finally deliver some of them.

Delighted Dehenna became Bishop Aucklands first Conservative MP since the seat was created in 1935
Dehenna on Channel 4’s Bride and Prejudice as she prepared to marry 59-year-old hubby, councillor John Fareham

Jacob had followed his dad and grandfather into the chemical industry, where he worked as a lead technician for a global petrochemical company.

He was an active part of the Leave campaign and in 2017 stunned Labour to become the first Tory to represent Coulby Newham on Middlesbrough council.

There was little sympathy for out-going Ms Turley. Single mum-of-three Rosalyn Rhodes, 39, runs a vape shop next door to her Labour office.

She said: She refused to listen to us. Thats not how it works. It may have come as a huge shock to her and Labour. But dont ever under-estimate the British people.

Grandad Jed McMahon, 60, said: Labour stuck two fingers up at 17.4million who voted to Leave. We have had three years of them saying. Were not doing this, were not doing that.

They ignored us, they wouldnt listen. They forgot who put them there in the first place.

A 19-year-old Tory voter, who did not want to be named, said: Anna Turley voted against our Brexit vote 35 times. She decided she knew best.

Elsewhere across the North, Tony Blairs former constituency of Sedgefield became blue with local lad Paul Howell securing a 4,500 majority.

Outgoing Phil Wilson, like so many of his colleagues blamed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. He said to suggest otherwise was delusional.

Blyth Valley, Northumberland, turned Tory for the first time. Retired managing director Keith Ritson said: I never thought I would see a Tory win here. They didnt use to count the Labour vote, they weighed them.

Alex Stafford, 32, the first Tory to win in Rother Valley, South Yorks, said: It shows theres no such area as a safe Labour area. Britains oldest MP Dennis Skinner, 87, lost his Bolsover seat to the Conservatives after 49 years as his vote share plunged by 16 points.

And in Nottinghamshire the Tories took Bassetlaw with a spectacular 18 per cent swing. Triumphant Brendan Clarke-Smith turned a 5,000 deficit into an 18,000 majority to end an unbroken run of Labour dominance stretching back to 1929.

He said: In 2016, 68 per cent of people in this constituency voted to Leave and have waited a long time.

Retired miner Herbert Chapman, 75, blamed Corbyn and his Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell. He said: I have voted Labour all my life but I never will while those two c**** are in charge.

“Pardon my language but they are awful people. They have poisoned Labour. Estate agent Gemima Parker, 19, blasted Corbynistas on social media.

She said: His followers would pile in on anyone on Twitter if they disagreed with them. They were utterly vile.

Former MP John Mann, who had held the seat since 2001, was a Leaver and a strident critic of Corbyn over anti-Semitism but took a peerage in October.

His replacement was due to be former councillor Sally Grimson, but her selection was blocked by Labours Momentum-dominated National Executive Committee who parachuted in their own candidate, Keir Morrison.

Baron Mann said the Labour Party might as well not exist if it does not learn lessons from its crushing defeat.

Conservative MP Brendan Clarke-Smith turned a 5,000 deficit into an 18,000 majority to end an unbroken run of Labour dominance
Triumphant Brendan Clarke-Smith celebrates his win

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