Keeping Corbyn out of No 10 trumps everything, including Brexit

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Keeping Corbyn out of No 10 trumps everything, including Brexit

Dogged as he is by racism allegations, Labour needs to be able to boot its leader, or it will be 1983 all over again

Philip Johnston

There we all were, bleary-eyed, attending the Labour Party’s early-morning election news conference (in the days when there were such things), when the question of leadership came up.

It was May 1983 and the party’s general secretary, Jim Mortimer, had something to say: “The unanimous view of the campaign committee is that Michael Foot is the leader of the Labour Party and speaks for the party.”

Since no one had actually asked whether this was still the case, his unsolicited statement created quite a stir...

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