Whatever the outcome of the Labour Party leadership contest, it is clear that there is a huge gulf between the grassroots and a majority of the Parliamentary Labour Party. Many MPs are left looking shaken and bewildered by the groundswell of support for Jeremy Corbyn. However, they shouldn’t be so shocked. As far back as 2007, Jon Cruddas topped the first round of voting for the deputy leader.
‘There’s much more life in the party than I thought,’ says Cruddas. ‘When I started I thought the party had been hollowed out. But the result shows that the ‘virtual’ politics practised at the centre, the politics of positioning and messaging, was out of touch with the party.’
The history of the Labour Party and of the UK would have been very different if Bryan Gould had been elected leader instead of John Smith and the transatlanticists like Blair and Brown. In…
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