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How to save Labour: fix the ideas first

No organisational wheeze will rescue my party. But a determined agenda to tackle unaccountable power could win back support—right across our fractured country

By Lisa Nandy   April 2017

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Whatever the future for Labour, it does not lie in backroom deals in Westminster. The breakaway of the Parliamentary Party from the grassroots, as floated by Ross McKibbin, might provide a short-term fix for the impasse over the leadership, but it would do little to deal with the depth of the challenge Labour faces.

Why not? Because the internal tensions in the Labour Party mirror the tensions in the country as a whole. The views and values in those community-minded towns which prize stability and continuity,…

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