Middle class voters in this part of Tyneside have traditionally been motivated to vote in local elections (to an unusual extent) because of fears of those nasty Labour machine politicians, who are both dangerous Reds and filthy Irish and who spend far too much ratepayers money.
Sounds like a dig at me except for my immaculate appearance and lack of proximity to North Tyneside these days.
Just read this post. Its almost unbelievable how badly labour did in 2008 here. Most of this area is really really grotty, with small exceptions around Tynemouth centre and of course part of a major conurbation.