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Labour has to free itself from the shackles of its own invented histories

To reinvent itself under Keir Starmer, the party needs a much richer understanding of its past

By David Edgerton  

Rebecca Long-Bailey, Keir Starmer and Lisa Nandy speaking during a leadership hustings event in Brighton. Photo: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

British politics, not least Labour politics, has an intimate relationship to history. But it’s often a version of history that never really happened. In order to generate fresh thinking about policy—something sadly lacking in the leadership contest won by Keir Starmer yesterday—Labour has to free itself from the shackles of its own invented histories. An intelligent and respectful politics of the left needs a richer account of what Labour has proposed and…

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