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Labour in crisis: The red sag

Labour's problems are far deeper than Jeremy Corbyn, tracing back to the mid-20th century. But things will get worse unless he goes. The great bulk of MPs should now walk away

By Ross McKibbin   April 2017

ERG61J Labour Party election poster, originally designed in 1945. It reads 'New generations deserve a new world. Labour for the future.

Read a response from John Curtice, “Sobering Dismal Precedent: Why Labour shouldn’t split”

Unless something quite unexpected happens the Labour Party will be lucky to win a quarter of the vote at the next election—about half its vote in 1951. Neither the polls nor the recent by-elections suggest that it will be so lucky under Jeremy Corbyn, imposing an urgent conflict of loyalties on MPs and anybody else concerned to avoid the party’s outright ruin. Back in 1951 by contrast, despite…

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