Posts Tagged ‘Owen Smith’

Victorious Corbyn increases mandate in Labour leadership election

by James Elliott.

Jeremy Corbyn has been elected Labour leader for the second time in just twelve months, beating Owen Smith by 313,209 votes to 193,229. By securing 61.8% of all votes cast, Corbyn has increased his mandate from last year’s election, where he won by 59.5%. Corbyn’s victory, which means he has now won more Labour leadership elections than […]

Owen Smith believes UK could join Euro, even after Brexit

by Newsdesk.

Owen Smith yesterday admitted he thought Britain could “potentially” re-join not only the EU, but also the Euro despite Brexit, if he were to become Prime Minister. Speaking plainly, Smith told Andrew Marr, “I want us to be part of the European Union”, then argued Labour should go into the General Election in 2020 promising to keep Britain […]

A battle for the party’s very soul

by Andy Newman.

In politics it is sometimes worth stepping back from the immediate hurly burly to take stock of the broader context. David Osland’s new pamphlet “How to select or Reselect your MP” invites us to do so, by his self-conscious decision to reboot a pamphlet that was first published in 1981. While both the Corbyn and […]

Nominations close with Corbyn in commanding lead

by Newsdesk.

Constituency Labour Party nominations in the leadership election closed yesterday, with Jeremy Corbyn securing 285 CLPs, 84.3% of all those that made nominations, compared to Owen Smith’s 53, or 15.7% of the total. This marks an increase of 133 from Corbyn’s total in 2015 – an almost doubling of support, despite 55 fewer CLPs choosing to make […]

Labour’s Choice

by Dan Iley-Williamson.

In the 2010 Labour leadership election, Labour faced a choice between two Miliband brothers, with David offering polished Blairism and Ed offering a soft-Left alternative. With the backing of trade unions, Ed narrowly won. The early days of his leadership were suggestive of a marked break with New Labour. He condemned “predatory capitalism”, with calls […]

Corbyn piles up nominations as first TV debate takes place

by Newsdesk.

Last night saw the first of six TV debates between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith. The challenger repeatedly tried to present himself as equally radical and principled as Corbyn, with phrases such as “good old-fashioned socialist policies”, and only choosing to differ his policy offer from Corbyn’s on the issue of Trident. This has been part […]

‘Picking sides’ – A short reply to Owen Jones

by James Elliott.

Electoral politics, especially in a two-horse race or First Past the Post system, is perhaps politics in its crudest form. They can lead us to uncritical cheerleading, to the politics of ‘lesser evilism’, and putting-up while shutting-up, rather than making nuanced arguments, offering critical support, or demanding policies that are not yet on the table. Resisting this […]

The bogus Bevanism of Owen Smith

by David Osland.

How deep the irony that invocation of Aneurin Bevan is all too often little more than a gesture of contentless radicalism, much in the manner of a faded Che Guevara poster ironically adorning the walls of an undergraduate hipster’s bedsit. To this day, Neil Kinnock’s curious penchant for upholding a one-time militant miners’ strike leader […]

Corbyn ahead in leadership poll as Eagle drops out of race

by Newsdesk.

Jeremy Corbyn is set to win the Labour leadership election for the second time in twelve months, according to the latest polling from YouGov, for The Times. The percentage of people who think Corbyn is doing well now stands at 55%, up four points, while 41% think he is doing poorly. Corbyn, according to the YouGov poll, would win […]

“I’m Normal”: Class, Culture and Representation in Post-Brexit Labour

by Ewan Gibbs.

Owen Smith provoked a string of criticisms for his assertion of “I’m normal”, largely due to it resting on his later assertion of “I’ve got a wife and three children.” This has been viewed as an implicitly homophobic criticism of Angela Eagle’s candidacy, and compared to Andrea Leadsom’s gaffe about Theresa May not being a […]

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