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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What the Oldham by-election means for the Northern Powerhouse

Labour successfully held the Oldham West and Royton by-election on Thursday, beating expectations by increasing the party’s share of the vote from May’s general election, albeit on a much reduced turnout. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the victory displayed “broad” support for Labour “across the country”. That conclusion is hard to justify through evidence, especially …

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