Labour Divided: Five insights from the latest poll of members

  Labour makes much of its claim to be the largest party, by membership, in Europe.  But size isn’t everything.  And when we find out what these half-million people are thinking, we have confirmation that size isn’t everything.  It’s a big membership – but it reveals big problems. YouGov has been polling these Labour Party …

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Labour leadership: Where are all the members?

  In case members of the Labour Party were growing anxious about not having had the chance to vote on anything for a few weeks, the Party has recently obliged by providing a bonanza of internal elections – to the party’s ruling National Executive Committee and, for those in the Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham regions, …

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Labour leadership analysis: ‘Fight and fight and fight again’

  Scarborough, 1960, and a conference vote, against the leader’s wishes, has committed Labour to a policy of unilateral nuclear disarmament.  Defiant, the party leader, Hugh Gaitskell, declares that he will ‘fight and fight and fight again to save the party we love.’ Gaitskell’s biographer describes Labour’s deep division in 1960 thus, “It was a …

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