Forecast: Will The Labour Party Split Under Jeremy Corbyn?

Withered Rose, December 2014 by montillon.a

Since the selection of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour party last summer, pundits across the spectrum have mused of a potential split in Britain’s main leftwing party.

Nowadays there is a stark divide between Labour’s centrist parliamentarians and the party’s leftist leadership, with the general party members siding with the latter.

There is also precedent within living memory of a split, Britain having seen an iteration of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) spin off from Labour in the early 1980s.

With a new leadership contest in which Owen Smith takes on Corbyn for the leadership title, the possibility of the flat-capping wearing hard leftist cementing his control over the party seems to provide Labour MPs with a good opportunity to leave.

But will a split happen under the leadership of Corbyn, and before the next general election?

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Podcast Ep. 52: Prime Minister May & Labour’s Leadership Contest

RD E52 Theresa May, November 2013 by Policy Exchange

The coronation of a new prime minister and the continual hardships of the Labour party, which is about to have a leadership contest, are our two topics this week.

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Podcast Ep. 51: Resignation Special! Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage & Jeremy Corbyn

RD51 Boris and Leo Johnson, March 2013 by the FT

Less than a fortnight after Britain voted to leave the European Union it seems like everyone is resigning.

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Podcast Ep. 47: The Vice Of Corbyn, Muhammad Ali’s Legacy & Swiss Votes On Basic Income

RD E47 Jeremy Corbyn, Muhammad Ali, British Pounds

A Vice documentary about Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, the legacy of the late boxer Muhammad Ali, and Switzerland’s rejection of basic income in a recent referendum are the three topics for this week.

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On the Fringe: David Elston, Pirate Party UK

Pirate Ship and the Setting Sun, August 2009 by Paul Hamilton

Pirate Party UK is our first brave volunteer as we explore the fringe movements campaigning against the dominance of the Westminster parties in British politics.

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