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How Corbyn turned the tide for social democracy

Despite the near-irrelevancy of social democratic parties elsewhere in Europe

By Chris Hanretty   July 2017

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images

To grasp quite how remarkable a feat the UK Labour Party pulled off by adding 10 points to its vote share, and bursting through 40 per cent of the ballot, it is necessary to place its performance in context. Across Europe social democracy—and for all the charges of Marxist extremism thrown at Jeremy Corbyn, his “spend more money on the welfare state” manifesto was resoundingly social democratic—has long been on the slide.

At the start of May, the average…

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