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Professor Tim Bale, Search is on to reshape centre-left ground in UK politics



For Britain’s centre-left, the bad news is becoming unbearable – reports the FT. After the collapse of the Lib Dems, the rise of Jeremy Corbyn, and the result of the EU referendum, there appears little prospect of a moderate, pro-EU government emerging from the next general election. However, an opportunity exists on paper: 16m people voted Remain in June; under Mr Blair, Labour won a third consecutive parliamentary majority as recently as 2005. “The electoral sweetspot in Britain is slightly to the centre-left on economic issues. On social issues [such as immigration] it is less liberal than the Labour party has allowed itself to become,” said Professor Tim Bale. “There is no party occupying that territory.”
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