This morning Labour has its fewest number of MPs in Parliament since 1935. That election was one of progress, with Labour winning 102 seats and setting itself back on course for government. A more apt comparison is 1931, when the party was reduced to just 52 MPs.
The party lost 235 seats following the formation of the National Government and then, like today, it was the “Red Wall” that was decimated.
It was the loss of the heartland coalmining town of St Helens that ‘shattered’ a young Clement Attlee. He knew it “was clearly a landslide, so I decided to sleep on it” and in the end only clung on to his seat by 551 votes. Colleagues such as Herbert Morrison and Hugh Dalton also lost their seats.
Read more of this article at Prospect here