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The result of the Lib Dem leadership election matters more than you think

All progressives have a stake in the outcome

By Jonathan Lis  

Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Of all Britain’s political transformations in the past ten years, the near-collapse of the Liberal Democrats is one of the starkest. As recently as April 2010, the party held 63 seats in the Commons, was briefly leading the opinion polls, and boasted the most popular leader since Winston Churchill. Today, the party is only the fourth largest in parliament with 11 seats—down one from before the election eight months ago. In that vote, Jo Swinson touted herself as Britain’s next prime minister and lost her own…

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