The Conservative Party
The victory of the Eurosceptics
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This chapter analyses developments within the Labour Party between 2017 and 2019 and why Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership contributed to the party’s worst election defeat since the 1930s. It explains how Labour’s surprisingly strong result in 2017 allowed Corbyn to consolidate his position as leader and overcome the hostility of much of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP). The chapter then explores Labour’s own challenges in responding to the result of the 2016 Brexit referendum and Corbyn’s failure to provide a clear lead on this issue after 2017. It further explores the allegations of anti-Semitism that dogged the party, and Corbyn personally, and the destabilising effects of factionalism. The chapter finally charts how growing disillusionment with Corbyn’s leadership cost Labour support in 2019 and how the party’s grassroots subsequently turned to a very different leader, Sir Keir Starmer

Breaking the deadlock

Britain at the polls, 2019

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