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Will Corbyn cling on? Part two

"If Labour has a real disaster, pro-Corbyn MPs will hold on to more than three quarters of their representation, while the larger Corbyn-sceptic group will be cut in half."

By Alex Dean  

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on the campaign trail in Bedford ©Chris Radburn/PA Wire/PA Images

The phenomenon of party leaders stepping down after a defeat is a relatively new one. Robert Peel lost in 1835, hung on and had another—successful—crack in 1841. William Gladstone clung on through two defeats, and ended up being PM three times, finally throwing in the towel in 1886. In the 20th century, Clement Attlee and Winston Churchill both stuck around after election day humblings. More recently, Neil Kinnock stood his ground after a routing in 1987, though…

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