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Labour will lose—what then?

If it suffers a catastrophic defeat, a new progressive project could rise from the ashes

By Peter Kellner  

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn ©Ben Birchall/PA Wire/PA Images

Labour’s victory in the general election campaign should not have come as such a surprise. Indeed, the turn-round was possible precisely because the party had been doing so badly and its leader was hated by so many of its MPs. The defeat in a crucial by-election confirmed the message of the opinion polls. Just five weeks before election day, the leader was forced to stand down. Under new management, the party’s support rose sharply. Labour not only won the election. It…

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