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After last night’s historic failure, will Labour’s left finally learn the lessons of 1983?

After Foot's disastrous election, Jeremy Corbyn claimed "everything had been fudged." Now, Labour must learn from a new defeat

By Anthony Broxton  

Milne, Corbyn (2019) and Corbyn (1984). Photo: PA/Prospect composite

This morning Labour has its fewest number of MPs in Parliament since 1935. That election was one of progress, with Labour winning 102 seats and setting itself back on course for government. A more apt comparison is 1931, when the party was reduced to just 52 MPs.

The party lost 235 seats following the formation of the National Government and then, like today, it was the “Red Wall” that was decimated.

It was the loss of the heartland coalmining town…

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