A house divided: Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party

Thomas, Mark L
Date Written:  2016-01-06
Publisher:  International Socialism
Year Published:  2016
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX18711

Something remarkable happened over the summer of 2015. Immediately after Ed Miliband resigned following Labour's defeat in the general election, the grip exercised by Blairism over the Labour Party had seemed set to continue grimly on. The field competing for the Labour leadership was confined to various shades of uninspiring Blairites, with the supposedly "left" candidate, Andy Burnham, rushing to distance himself from the unions. Even after Jeremy Corbyn threw his hat in the ring, most (including Corbyn himself) assumed he would be soundly beaten.

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