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“Now we’re in a different world”: James Graham on politics, playwriting and Labour of Love

The playwright opens up about Jeremy Corbyn, local politics—and why he's finding it so hard to set a drama in Number 10

By Andrew Dickson   October 2017

Photo: MIKE MCGREGOR/GETTY IMAGES

The publication of the election exit poll at 10pm on 8th June was a plot twist worthy of the wildest of melodramas. Even by the turbulent standards of current politics, the prospect of a resurgent Jeremy Corbyn denying Theresa May a majority seemed so unlikely that few regarded it as credible. Journalists rushed to delete Labour’s political obituaries; pollsters were, yet again, dumbfounded. Judging by Corbyn’s reaction at his Islington count a few hours later, he was as flabbergasted as anyone.

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