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Forget the leadership squabbles. If Labour wants a quick return to power, it must learn to do what David Cameron has done: show contrition

By James Crabtree   January 2010

One thing seems certain in British politics: Labour will lose the next election. Opinion polls in November may have seen a once-impregnable Tory lead shrink, giving credibility to thoughts of a hung parliament. And the electoral system is stacked against the Conservatives, who must win the popular vote by six percentage points for a majority of just one. Even so, the tiniest swing will end Labour’s parliamentary lead, and its public legitimacy. David Cameron may not win a thumping mandate, but Gordon Brown’s odds of struggling on as prime minister are trivially small. The likely scenario come 7th May is…

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