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2016 leadership election

Let’s Talk About Corbynite Labour. Labour Party Poster, 1935 General Election.

Let’s Talk About Corbynite Labour

Via the British Political Campaign Posters Collection, Bancroft Library, UC Berkley. The Constitution Unit Blog. In the post-referendum turmoil facing the Labour Party, there are increasing questions about whether the party might split.

The Constitution Unit Blog

Despite shadow cabinet resignations and a Parliamentary Labour Party vote of no confidence, Jeremy Corbyn seems determined to hang on, and to force a contest if necessary. If that proceeds, a split looks very likely. But what would this mean in organisational terms: both inside parliament and beyond? Meg Russell investigates. The Constitution Unit Blog. Fractured and unmanageable? Labour Party Management under Blair and under Corbyn. Under Tony Blair, Labour’s managerial structure shifted from a pluralist system to a centrally directed one.

Fractured and unmanageable? Labour Party Management under Blair and under Corbyn

Eric Shaw explains that this structure of control has now unravelled and power is dispersed among a range of institutions which are resistant to Jeremy Corbyn’s rule – and so Labour at times verges on the ungovernable. Labour is facing a crisis of party management. As a leadership function, party management has as its objective the preserving of internal order and cohesion, as well as the maximising of the party’s ability to harness its energies to respond swiftly and effectively to external challenge.

It is an indispensable function, but the way it is discharged can vary. Under Tony Blair, Labour shifted from a pluralist system of party management, characterised by complex patterns of bargaining and accommodation, to one that was much more tightly-run and centrally directed. How could this have happened? All this was part of a wider political project. Whose Labour party is it anyway? And will anyone survive the warfare? On Wednesday afternoon, after a harrowing prime minister’s questions, it is said that Jeremy Corbyn had a tearful moment in the relative privacy of his Westminster office.

Whose Labour party is it anyway? And will anyone survive the warfare?

According to senior Labour sources, there was a “wobble” and suggestions that he wanted to go. One of Corbyn’s most influential aides, director of policy Andrew Fisher, is said by three senior sources to have drawn up potential terms for the leader’s resignation. The Constitution Unit Blog. How does Labour appoint a leader? Around 60 frontbench Labour MPs have called on their leader, Jeremy Corbyn, to resign.

How does Labour appoint a leader?

His chief ally, John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, has said he accepts there will be a challenge. He said Corbyn would stand and had the backing of party members. If an MP wanted to challenge a sitting Labour leader, how would they go about it? Labour’s rules stipulate that anyone who wishes to challenge the sitting leader needs the backing of 20% of Labour MPs and MEPs. Currently, there are 229 Labour MPs and 20 MEPs. Party officials are still debating whether a candidate needs 50 or 51 signed-up supporters. If a challenger has 50 or 51 signed-up supporters, what would they do next?

Fractured and unmanageable? Labour Party Management under Blair and under Corbyn. Labour rebels plan a ‘Party within a Party' Fractured and unmanageable? Labour Party Management under Blair and under Corbyn. Blair: Corbyn in power would be a 'dangerous experiment' Syria, again. Free vote – Shadow Cabinet – Corbyn’s view – Stop the War PG Jeremy Corbyn has decided he will allow the Labour Party a ‘free vote’ on intervention in Syria.

Syria, again.

This means the vote will not be ‘whipped’ allowing party members to vote however they wish. This came in the wake of many members of the Shadow Cabinet threatening either to resign if this was not allowed, or to defy any whip put in place, therefore daring Corbyn to sack them. This is crucial for a vast wealth of reasons. First of all, it should guarantee Cameron the majority he needs in the vote. This also reflects the growing factions within the Labour Party under Corbyn’s leadership. With Cameron having already said he will not run in 2020, it is interesting to see him following a presidential pattern, which is that when the clock is running down or a PM has a weak majority, they will typically look to foreign policy as something that they can achieve. Like this: Like Loading... Blair’s frail legacy shows why Labour must win arguments as well as votes. The two wings of a warring Labour party have given up trying to change each other’s minds.

Blair’s frail legacy shows why Labour must win arguments as well as votes

In place of persuasion, both sides are aiming for destruction. The activists of Momentum call for the scalps of establishment MPs, while parliamentarians demonise those who have rallied to Jeremy Corbyn as an entryist rabble, and ask themselves what one described to me as “the only question: when will we get rid of him?” Where will it end? With MPs doomed because there is nobody to give out their leaflets; or activists’ hopes running aground because they are not willing or able to reach beyond the leftwing tribe?

Labour activists launch new group on party's left. Labour activists are launching a new group to operate on the left of the party – saying they will reject “the sniping intolerance and divisiveness that has sadly gripped debate in recent weeks”.

Labour activists launch new group on party's left

Open Labour, which is launching on Thursday, has been formed by 50 activists who are claiming to be operating in the traditions of the Tribune Group, the former foreign secretary Robin Cook, and the ideas generated by Ed Miliband’s 2010 leadership campaign. Its insistence that it is exclusively a Labour operation distinguishes it from Momentum, the alliance that has tried to keep alive the enthusiasm generated by Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership campaign. However, Momentum has been criticised by the Labour deputy leader, Tom Watson, for being an entryist vehicle for the hard left, a claim hotly disputed by the group, which says it is bringing new mainly young voices into Labour politics.

In an opening statement the group claims: “The need for a renewed democratic left within the party is clear. Labour’s warring factions: who do they include and what are they fighting over? As the party reconfigures itself after Jeremy Corbyn’s resounding victory, new factions have emerged – and previously powerful forces in the party have faded away.

Labour’s warring factions: who do they include and what are they fighting over?

Here is your guide to the main contenders jockeying for position alongside Momentum: Labour First Labour First, founded in 1988, is a pre-Blairite pressure group seen as the voice of the party’s traditional right. Headed by campaigner and former councillor Luke Akehurst, this faction supported ABC (Anyone But Corbyn) in the leadership election, while Akehurst himself backed Yvette Cooper. In the deputy race, it emphasised its ties to Tom Watson. The fear and loathing in Labour and the question of accountability. When Labour went down to defeat last May, Hilary Benn came close to quitting the shadow cabinet.

The fear and loathing in Labour and the question of accountability

“He almost did a Harriet,” says one of his friends in reference to Harriet Harman’s decision to retire from the front rank. Having turned 60, he thought his race was almost run. The Corbyn earthquake – how Labour was shaken to its foundations. “What about if I stand?” These were the tentative words, volunteered by a rebellious 66-year-old veteran of the Labour backbenches, that kicked off Britain’s unlikely summer revolution. Which direction will Corbyn go. The undoing of Ed Miliband – and how Labour lost the election. On 23 September 2014, Ed Miliband prepared to take the stage at the Labour party conference in Manchester to deliver the most important speech of his career. But instead of rehearsing the speech he had memorised, he was being forced to concentrate on a new opening section, endorsing the proposal David Cameron had made that morning to join the US bombing of Isis in Iraq.

“Stupidly, none of us had thought the late changes could have an impact on the quality of what he would deliver in the rest of the speech,” one of the advisers most involved in its writing recalled. “My sense is that looking back, it knocked him off course slightly. He started with the Isis passage, and it went over relatively poorly in the hall. He was off his game.” How to rebuild a political party – from the ground up.

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