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Peter Mandelson is wrong about Labour’s ‘hard left’ – socialism can win elections

Keir Starmer’s failures as Labour leader have been much of his own making. Expending precious political capital removing the whip from Corbyn, suspending hundreds of members who issued motions in support of the ex-Labour leader and glibly repeating the slogan “under new management” until blue in the face has left a policy and vision vacuum that has pushed the party backwards.Why then, when a Labour Party that is led from the right does poorly in a set of elections, is it the fault of “hard left factions attached to trade unions”? Ask Peter Mandelson. In a set of interviews...
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Peter Mandelson: ‘Simply a myth’ that Labour can win from the left

It is “simply a myth that Labour can win from the left”, Peter Mandelson has claimed. Speaking to students at King’s College London, Mandelson – a close ally of Tony Blair – suggested that “mainstream normal party members actually like winning… and therefore they think positively about New Labour”. “I...
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Peter Mandelson: ‘It’s simply a myth that Labour can win from the left’

Peter Mandelson was the special guest this week at the last class of this year’s “Blair Years” course that I teach at King’s College London with Michelle Clement and Jon Davis. He offered a bracing defence of New Labour, arguing that the party has to learn the lesson of its three election victories – that it can only win from the centre.We asked him if he thought “New Labour” would always be seen negatively by party members, and he started by disputing the assumption behind the question. “The fact is that the broad swathe of the party’s membership – I...
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