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Corbyn’s outsider triumph resonates with Labour’s history—and its internal battles

Labour has long had an internal tension between those who believe in its outsider status, and those who wish to compromise in pursuit of power

By Karl Pike  

Corbyn Street in North London. Photo: PA

Labour’s astonishing reversal in electoral fortunes, from losing councillors across the country to gaining new MPs, and from apocalyptic polling to a hung parliament, is undoubtedly a triumph for Jeremy Corbyn. Despite being out of office, and entering the next parliamentary term with around the number of MPs Gordon Brown departed government with, Labour under Corbyn is far from miserable: like its leader, its mood is currently that of the triumphant outsider.

The notion of the outsider is not a new one in…

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