School of Politics and International Relations

Professor Tim Bale, Is the Labour party in terminal decline?

5 January 2017

Professor Tim Bale argues the case for Yes to the question posed above by City AM. He says: “Once in a while, parties face perfect storms and, as a consequence, go under. Labour has a leader that the public can’t take seriously and a membership whose left-liberal leanings leave the majority of voters cold. Subject to a three-way squeeze between Ukip (trump card: immigration), the Lib Dems (trump card: moderate centrism), and the Tories (trump card: economic credibility), the party’s only lifeboat is our unfair electoral system.”
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