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What if Labour split? A Liberal Democrat perspective

I’m still of the opinion that while a formal split in the Labour Party is possible, it’s not likely to happen. There are three options for those Labour MPs and members currently dissatisfied with the direction of the party: stay there, bunker down…

The Oldham West and Royton result in (Labour) context

Just to provide some comparable insight into the result in the Oldham West and Royton by-election last night, here’s how Labour did in held seat by-elections during the last Parliament. I’m looking at their vote in isolation to give us a picture of…

Could the Labour Party split?

British political parties are very resilient and flexible institutions. Since the modern party system came into being after 1945 there’s only been one permanent major split in a party, when the SDP separated from Labour in 1981. People – and that includes me…

What happens next for Labour?

I should say at the start that this will be a post with a lot of questions and not many answers. Sometimes it can be easy to get an idea of where a party will go by looking at their history and the…

Labour’s right is doomed if they just wait for someone to save them

One thing I’ve found from reading many different political blogs over the years is how they reveal the different cultures that exist within each party. It’s not just in the style of blogging, but the way they reveal – deliberately or not –…

Momentum and the future of political parties

There have been some very odd reactions to the announcement that the Jeremy Corbyn leadership campaign has now regenerated itself into a new organisation called Momentum. Some appear to think that because it starts with an M, it must be harking back to…

Labour leadership: Closing statements from the candidates

As we finally stagger towards the announcement of the result, the four candidates for Labour leader have been making their final speeches. Here’s what they said: Liz Kendall: “People have asked me if I’d change anything about my leadership campaign, and I can…

Vetting supporters with canvass data: the latest bad idea from the Labour leadership election

Every day, we think Labour’s leadership election can’t get sillier, then every day they find some way to prove us wrong. With two weeks still to go, I’m expecting a denouement in which Jeremy Corbyn meets a mad scientist, is blown up to…

Labour leadership: a pair of what ifs

A bit too busy with the dissertation to blog much right now, but a couple of thoughts I thought I’d put out there to see if they might spark a discussion. First, returning to a thought I had a few months ago, what…

Potential defections and the Carswell Question

Certain over-excited speculation (totally unlike the reasoned deliberation you find on this blog) about the possible fallout of a Corbyn win in the Labour leadership election has suggested some MPs might leave Labour for pastures new. As ever, with rumours of MPs defecting,…