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Leftie places outside of London??

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katerinaemalina Fri 10-May-13 16:50:46

Out of interest are there any leftie/arty Guardian reading non daily mail places to live within reasonable commuting distance of London? Can only think of Brighton. Rest more DM zone e.g Sevenoaks, TW etc. where do the lefties go??

noUggscuse Fri 10-May-13 17:55:31

TW is full of leftie Guardian readers. Not that it matters ...

ThePskettiIncident Fri 10-May-13 17:56:27

Bristol is an hour away by train and pretty leftie

HamletsSister Fri 10-May-13 17:57:06


Erm......Scotland? What on earth kind of question is that? Isn't Boris a Conservative, anyway?

Heavywheezing Fri 10-May-13 17:58:49

Are you looking to avoid them?!
Is hat you Nigel?

LaurieFairyCake Fri 10-May-13 18:00:21

Well Scotland is the obvious one, Wales second.

You need arty places like Glastonbury, Bournemouth, maybe Derbyshire ? round Matlock? St Ives?

Lamazeroo Fri 10-May-13 18:00:57

Sevenoaks??? Are you kidding? I once had to trudge around four shops to find a copy of the Guardian there. In WH Smith they told me they only ever ordered two copies as no one bought it.
Bristol is very lefty-friendly.

Bunbaker Fri 10-May-13 18:02:56

Get a helicopter and move to Barnsley grin. You can't get more left wing than Barnsley.

UltimaThule Fri 10-May-13 18:05:41

Oxford is pretty leftie liberal, but expensive, and bits of it are overprivileged but well-meaning (might get on your wick).

exexpat Fri 10-May-13 18:06:39

I'd second Bristol - we're full of lefty-liberal-green types here (Ukip got nowhere in the elections last week, but the greens got two new councillors) - but it's actually 1hr45 mins to London if the trains are running OK (frequently not the case) so a bit much for a daily commute.

Maybe Cambridge? Much shorter journey time.

BikeRunSki Fri 10-May-13 18:12:39

What Bunbaker said. Although tbh you could cut 10 miles off your commute and stop at Sheffield. But if you've go a helicopter, then Holmfirth and other outlying towns and village of Huddersfield, Halifax, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden aren't too far.

specialsubject Fri 10-May-13 18:17:26

of course the population of towns is segregated according to their politics and the paper they read.

Bowlersarm Fri 10-May-13 18:22:31

What a strange question. Surely there are a mix of people in all areas within striking distance of London?

MrsSalvoMontalbano Fri 10-May-13 18:22:34

grin Hampstead? Peculiar question. Diversity is good.

WouldBeHarrietVane Fri 10-May-13 18:24:05

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ouryve Fri 10-May-13 18:26:05

Where I live is Leftie, but too far for you and many of the locals are more Mirror than Guardian grin

hugoagogo Fri 10-May-13 18:31:11

Hebden bridge?

Branleuse Fri 10-May-13 18:31:51


Branleuse Fri 10-May-13 18:32:19

specifically old lower Wiv.

EeyoreIsh Fri 10-May-13 18:32:44

Lewes in an hour away and quite lefty.

Bunbaker Fri 10-May-13 18:33:26

Obviously the post is tongue in cheek. My mum was as left wing as you could be, but we lived in a Tory enclave and I still don't vote Tory.

yegodsandlittlefishes Fri 10-May-13 18:35:28

Cambridge...Cheltenham(Libdem)/bits of Gloucester...Whitstable...Farnham (?)...Reading...Oxford...

apatchylass Fri 10-May-13 18:36:06

Lovely Bristol, definitely. Hebden Bridge I think burns Tories for kindling, after turning their skins into open toed sandals, but it's not commutable.

We live in a Tory enclave too and we're lefties. We have been snubbed by many for this and find it very funny.

marriedinwhiteagain Fri 10-May-13 18:37:37

Tooting wink - miles from London and very leftie as well as very diverse.

AvonCallingBarksdale Fri 10-May-13 18:37:42

I'd give Bucks a wide berth for a start!

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