Tory chief Oliver Dowden attacks 'woke' Labour Party

Tory chief Oliver Dowden claims Keir Starmer’s Labour has ‘woke running through it like a stick of Brighton rock’ as he accuses the party of ‘turning its back’ on its traditional voters

  • Tory Party chair Oliver Dowden said Labour ‘has got woke running through it’
  • Mr Dowden has accused Labour of ‘turning its back’ on its traditional voters
  • He attacked ‘cancel culture’ and said it is ‘a mantra that results in bullying’

Oliver Dowden today accused Labour of ‘turning its back’ on its traditional voters as he attacked the party’s ‘woke’ politics. 

The chairman of the Conservative Party said Labour ‘has got woke running through it like a stick of Brighton rock’. 

Mr Dowden sought to contrast the Tories with Sir Keir Starmer’s party as he argued the Conservatives are ‘moderate, pragmatic and open’.  

Oliver Dowden today accused Labour of ‘turning its back’ on its traditional voters as he attacked the party’s ‘woke’ politics

The former culture secretary told the Conservative Party’s annual conference in Manchester a ‘small but very vocal group’ of people see Britain as ‘dominated by privilege and oppression’.

He attacked ‘cancel culture’ and said it is ‘a mantra that results in bullying and haranguing of individuals, elected representatives, and public institutions’. 

He also insisted the Tories are working to keep statues of ‘national heroes like Nelson, Gladstone and Churchill in the places of honour they deserve’.

Blasting ‘woke’ politics, Mr Dowden said: ‘You might imagine that a responsible opposition party would be only too keen to demonstrate to the British people that it is on their side against this argument.

‘In fact, I’m afraid the opposite is true. Today’s Labour Party has got woke running through it like a stick of Brighton rock.’

He added: ‘Previous generations of Labour leaders, activists and voters would look in dismay at what Labour has become.’

Mr Dowden sought to contrast the Tories with Sir Keir Starmer’s party as he argued the Conservatives are ‘moderate, pragmatic and open’

Mr Dowden said that anyone who objects to what he described as ‘woke aggression’ is accused of ‘instigating culture wars’. 

The Tory chairman spoke about his own grandfather, a Labour voter and trade unionist ‘through and through’ called Harry Dowden, known as ‘Red Harry’.

Mr Dowden said: ‘If you want to know why Labour lost the last general election so badly, it’s because so many of the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of people like Harry Dowden in communities up and down the country believe that Labour has turned its back on them.’

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