In the end, it may also be that the European referendum last June destabilized the British political scene even more than we thought possible. There were once 20 pits in the area, along with a successful textile industry.
Senior polling experts have privately admitted being aware of groups of Labour activists - some of which are led by grassroots Jeremy Corbyn-supporting group Momentum - urging left wingers to apply to attend political events pretending to be Conservatives so as to give the impression Labour won the debate.
Nonetheless, Tories have seen an upsetting setback in support after the Labour Party presented its left-wing agenda amid intensified controversy hovering over May's proposed health care project for seniors, and her unwelcomed absence from broadcast public debates. Only on defence and security has Mr Corbyn seemed really vulnerable: his refusal to say he might ever be willing to use nuclear weapons went down badly with last night's audience.
But Jeremy Corbyn has shown he doesn't have a plan for Brexit. "I will decide on the circumstances at the time", Mr Corbyn said.
The Conservative campaign in Ashfield is invisible, with no posters, yard signs or canvassers.
Once the party of choice for Jews, including impoverished immigrants from Eastern Europe, it lost some ground to the Conservative Party as Labour adopted an increasingly critical attitude towards Israel - part of a larger shift in the West of sympathy toward Israel from the center-left parties to ones on the right. He said he wanted an education system which offered opportunities.
"At the start of the campaign, it was awful and then it got better for a few weeks but in the last few days it feels worse".
In contrast ComRes has the Tories up one on 47% and Labour also up one on 35%.
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"He's a nutter, he is".
The Labour leader outlined terrorism, cyber attacks and environmental concerns as the major security issues facing the country.
Yet some prominent Jews, including Labour lawmakers Ruth Smeeth and Luciana Berger, remain loyal to the party under Corbyn - who was accused of being soft on anti-Semitism a year ago by an inter-parliamentary committee of inquiry on the problem. But I'm still voting Labour.
Around the corner, Colleen Mulligan was doing brisk business selling handbags and purses at a market stall.
She said social care would be capped over a person's lifetime, but would not reveal the level.
But Mrs May defended that decision in the evening TV appearance, when the two leaders took the stage one at a time to face audience questions.
"We have a situation where if Jeremy Corbyn was to get into number 10, he'd be being propped up by the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish Nationalists", she said. Corbyn, on the other hand, has grown in her estimation.
He held back from giving a formal endorsement - despite screamed requests from the crowd - but drew extensive parallels between Corbyn's work in the United Kingdom and his own campaign, which almost propelled him to the Democratic candidacy for president.