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2017 proved that candidates’ views don’t matter in elections

It didn't matter whether a candidate supported "Leave" or "Remain"—what mattered was their party

By Isaac Delestre  

How candidates stood on Brexit had little impact on their success in the election. Photo: PA

As the polls closed on 5 May 2005, the then little-known MP for Islington North must have felt certain of success. Not only did Jeremy Corbyn enjoy a plump majority, but he also held the honour of being the Labour Party’s most disloyal MP, having defied Tony Blair’s increasingly unpopular leadership on issues ranging from the Iraq War to university tuition fees.

His constituents, however, had different ideas. That year, Corbyn’s share of the…

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