A YouGov opinion poll reported in the Yorkshire Post – and paid for by Eurosceptic businessman Paul Sykes – shows that the Tories are "flatlining" at 29% across Yorkshire – the same percentage won at the last General Election.  The poll will confirm the fears of those who believe that David Cameron’s first year was too targeted on the concerns of southern voters and that his A-list addressed the gender and ethnicity of candidates but not the need for candidates rooted in northern communities.

Shipley’s Tory MP Philip Davies told the Post:

"It’s a wake-up call that proves the messages that might work in the Home Counties don’t necessarily work up here and reaffirms my view that we need to be talking more about everyday concerns like crime and immigration, as well as the environment."

Related Platform link: Jonathan Scott asks ‘Is Cameron’s message being heard in the North?’

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