Monday 16 November 2015 by Spacey

64% of Tories don’t know what the North of England is


The North of England

Two-thirds of the Conservative Party have either never heard of, or know nothing about the North of England, according to a new survey.

The survey found 44% had never heard of the region and 20% had heard of it but know nothing about it.

North of England: Key findings

  • 50% think that Middlesbrough is an administrative area created by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • 65% of young Conservatives (50-55 year-olds) think the M1 motorway starts in Brent and finishes in Luton.
  • 47% of over-55s think the Northern Powerhouse is a building situated in Watford where the unemployed are used to generate electricity.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne invented the North of England in 2010 with the intent of providing the poorest in society with a vitamin deficiency and a place to call home.

Speaking at October’s Conservative Party conference, Mr Osborne devoted much of his speech to the project so it will come as a blow to discover his words have fallen on deaf ears.

“The North of England has much to offer,” he explained.

“Such as, drinking gravy, struggling to pronounce the word ‘The’ and expressing surprise by standing at the foot of some stairs.”

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