Listen: Prospect’s Deputy Editor Jay Elwes talk to Peter about how Labour could go about deposing its leader
The evidence is clear. Jeremy Corbyn is by far the least popular of any new opposition leader in sixty years of opinion polls. If he leads Labour into the next general election, the chances are that his party will not just be beaten but thrashed. The single biggest thing that Labour could do to improve its prospects is to replace him with a new, more mainstream, leader. What are the chances of this happening? Let us examine the three possible routes to this outcome.
First, could he be formally deposed? Some Labour MPs think they could nominate a rival and force a new leadership contest and then make sure that Corbyn receives too few nominations to stand. They reckon Labour’s latest rules require any candidate, including Corbyn, to be nominated by 38 MPs or MEPs (Labour members of the European parliament).