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For Labour, things can get even worse—I’m backing Liz Kendall

"My choice is someone who is frank and clear about the challenges we face"

By Gisela Stuart   July 2015

Prospective Labour leader Liz Kendall (right). © Laura Lean/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In 1997, I asked a seasoned Labour MP if the Tories were then where Labour had been in 1983. He thought they were in a worse position. Not only had they lost their local government base—essential for recovery—but, as he put it, “if in 1983 you had removed the Labour Party from the political spectrum a significant strand of beliefs and ideas would have remained unrepresented, whereas…

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