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The other left behind England

Fed up since the hunting ban, rural England provides a ready-made base for the Brexiteer right. But the Tories should be wary of chasing after a lost past

In retrospect, the Countryside Alliance march points to a voting constituency political analysts would later neglect. Photo: © SCOTT BARBOUR/GETTY IMAGES

I have been on two political demonstrations in my life. The first was the Countryside march in 2002, at the time the biggest in history, which protested against New Labour’s proposed ban on hunting with dogs. The second was the People’s Vote march for a second referendum on 23rd March this year. In going on both marches, I suspect I was in a small minority. Whereas the UK-wide…

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