School of Politics and International Relations

Can Jeremy Corbyn defy election expectations again?

31 October 2019

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party has long given the impression it is running scared of an early general election; more than 100 Labour MPs either abstained or voted against this week’s key vote in parliament for a December 12 national poll. Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London, Professor Tim Bale, said: “The 2017 election was a reminder that the current volatile state of British politics made it foolish to predict the outcome now. Labour’s performance in the 2017 election upset what was previously conventional wisdom — namely that you could look at the polls at the beginning of the campaign and you wouldn’t be too far off the final result.”
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