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Corbyn Blamed as Labour Loses Crucial Copeland Byelection to the Tories

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By Oliver Wheeler The Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership took a big hit on Thursday when Labour lost Copeland constituency in Cumbria, a seat the party has held since its creation 85 years ago, to the Conservatives: the first instance since 1982 (when the newly formed SDP split the vote on the left in Mitcham & Morden) that the opposition has lost a byelection to the government. Labour managed…

This Week’s By-Elections: What you need to know

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The Left Should Learn to Embrace National Pride

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By Daniel Shears, Features Editor  Nationalism seems to be exclusively a right-wing phenomenon when it comes to identities in our modern political space. The meteoric rise of nationalistic far-right parties across Europe is testament to this. We witnessed the ascendancy of Norbert Hofer of the Austrian Freedom Party in April of this year, when he came a hair’s breadth away from winning the Presidency in the final round of voting,…

MPs need to back Corbyn

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Now the leadership circus is over, Labour must unite behind Corbyn On Saturday Jeremy Corbyn won 62% of the vote in a landslide victory against his challenger, Owen Smith, for the Labour leadership election. The result shows once and for all, if anyone was in doubt, that Labour members categorically back Corbyn and his vision for the Labour Party and the country. It is a plain fact that Labour MPs…

Corbyn’s victory is another dying scream of progressive politics in Britain

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By Joe Perry  And so, the inevitable happened. Nobody was really surprised when the result was announced, and Jeremy Corbyn had been re-elected leader of the Labour Party with an increased mandate – that thing he and his supporters love so dearly, and will demand everyone respects, despite their own failure to do so for past leaders. Neither were people particularly surprised when the first announcements came on Twitter from…

The “New Economics” of Modern Labour

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By Daniel Shears On Tuesday the 16th of February, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor (and close ally of Corbyn) John McDonnell gave an insightful talk to LSE students and members of the public alike, outlining his vision for an alternative economic system that rejects the austerity politics of the Tories, as well as the tax and spend policies of New Labour and the traditional leftist approach of Old Labour. I was expecting…

A Decisive Victory For Labour In Oldham

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by Frank Morley, In the shadow of the airstrike vote on Syria, on a rainy Thursday night in a small inconspicuous town in Greater Manchester, history has been written. After months of relentless attack by the media, the Tories, and infighting within the Party, Labour has won a decisive victory. Although the vote would have indeed been decisive either way, with the right wing press nailing their colours to the…

The Amartya Sen Interview : On Democracy and Justice

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By Taryana Odayar and Sonali Campion. An aged gentleman wearing a bright yellow raincoat slowly shuffles into the lobby of LSE’s Old Building. He is unaccompanied and moves gingerly with unhurried yet deliberately measured steps. He takes a seat on one of the cushioned black chairs in the lobby and begins a lengthy phone conversation with someone. Students eager to get home before the torrential downpour of rain that threatens to…

General Election 2015: George Greenwood Heads to Bermondsey

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By George Greenwood In the run up to Thursday’s election, the constituency of Bermondsey and Old Southwark is on a knife edge. George Greenwood spoke the leading candidates, Labour’s challenger Neil Coyle, and the long standing incumbent Liberal Democrat Simon Hughes on their campaigns, their policies, and why they deserved the student vote. Ever since the Ashcroft Polls for this seat were released in September last year, Bermondsey and Old…

Harriet Harman’s pink buses- patronisingly patriarchal or cleverly collaborative?

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by Ronda Daniel In their aim to reach out to female voters, the Labour Party’s ‘Woman to Woman’ buses travelled on a 70-constituency tour in the hope for ‘kitchen table discussions’; note, Harman said ‘about the kitchen table’, not ‘around the kitchen table’. However, responses from opposing parties and TV pundits have done nothing but ridicule the colour of the vans-I cannot recall any positive publicity about the vans- overlooking…