Labour is losing the essential characteristics of a political partyby Jay Elwes / January 6, 2016 / Leave a comment
Last September, I spoke to Labour MPs and senior officials in the immediate aftermath of Jeremy Corbyn’s election as leader of the Labour Party. “What is he like?” I asked. Repeatedly the answer came, “I don’t know.” “Never met him.” One told me: “I think I spoke to him once at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cycling.”
When he became leader of the Opposition, Corbyn was an unknown, even to his own side. Really, he was not of the Labour Party at all. He’s hardly followed the Labour whip, he disagreed with large amounts of what the party did when last in government, and he’s spent most of his time surrounded by a small coterie of like-minded outsiders.