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Real break with the ‘old politics’ came with Corbyn

01 March, 2019

• THE Independent Group of MPs are being described by themselves and most of the media as representing the beginning of a break with the “old politics”.

But the real break with “old politics” came with the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party by rank-and-file old, new and returning Labour Party members – 251,417 votes in 2015 and 313,209 in 2016. In the face of daily – even hourly – personal and political attacks, Jeremy Corbyn and his leadership team rebuilt the Labour shadow cabinet after mass resignations.

Party membership reached half a million, representative democracy was restored within the party and the manifesto for the 2017 general election resulted in a Labour vote of more than 13 million – more than the almost 12 million in the 1945 general election and the 10.5 million in 1997.

Whatever the reasons given for the current resignations (and there must be a continuous stand against anti-semitism and all forms of racism), it is the breath of the fresh air of rank-and-file Labour members and supporters that is blowing through the corridors of the House of Commons. The “old politics” don’t like it up ’em.

DOT GIBSON
Member, Highbury East ward, Islington North Labour Party

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