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Foreword: April 2017—Labour looks death in the eye

By Tom Clark   April 2017

Political parties can and do die. The Whigs of the 19th-century United States and the Progressive Conservative Party of 20th-century Canada were once major forces; today they are no more. Once-mighty Pasok in Greece is today on the critically-endangered list, and the hollowed-out French Socialists could soon head that way too (see Lucy Wadham).

Such talk might sound fanciful when applied to the Labour Party, especially after a bungled Conservative budget. It still runs the big cities, retains over 200 MPs, and has recently doubled its membership. The unremittingly dreadful polls…

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