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A new party may not be a threat to Corbyn—but his own membership could be

It's easy to forget how potent a force disappointment can be in politics. If Corbyn loses the membership over Brexit, it could jeopardise his whole political project

By Emma Burnell  

Corbynism is closely tied to Corbyn as a man. Photo: PA

Corbyn’s strength has always been in his relationship with the Labour Party membership. The reason the 2016 “coup” attempt was always bound for failure was that he knew when asked the members would choose him over any other MP.

That campaign—even more than 2015—focused on Jeremy the man, making him indivisible from his political programme. This gave him the strength to put Labour on a path towards socialism it hadn’t been on in decades. And those like…

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