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What Keir Starmer can learn from the failure of Jo Swinson

The former Lib Dem leader shows what happens when seemingly safe bets go wrong. Starmer can avoid this fate—if he’s careful

By Peter Chappell  

Photo: Lauren Hurley/EMPICS Entertainment

Constituency Labour parties around the country are returning Keir Starmer as their nomination to be the next Labour leader. Starmer’s heady rise is partly down to members projecting onto him what they want the party to be: to the left he is the person who stayed loyal to Jeremy Corbyn and will continue his legacy, to others he’s a firm centrist whose style owes more to Tony Blair than to his former boss. He has sold himself as…

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