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The flag has flown for six weeks over the former vape shop, next to an outlet called We Sell Owt, in the town where Labour fought its most bruising byelection campaign in decades.

As Hartlepool woke up on Friday as the seat of a Conservative MP for the first time in 57 years, Labour figures pointed to the flag as being emblematic of the deep identity crisis behind the party's shattering loss.

Labour head office was "obsessed with us getting a flag", said one organiser, bemoaning what they felt was a lack of substance to justify it.

by Oui on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 03:19:09 PM EST

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