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Labour leadership battle


Professor of Politics, Professor Tim Bale appeared on BBC Radio 4 to discuss the Labour leadership battle, and Labour’s strategy to achieve electoral success. Professor Bale said: “I don't think this is a party that has changed much ideologically, it's still full of members who are compared to the general electorate anyway, very left wing and very socially liberal. However I do think that the party members have suffered quite a shock in 2019 on top of losing in 2015 and indeed in 2017. So I think they will be thinking a great deal now about what it will take for the values that they believe in, even if they have to compromise those values slightly, to make it in to power.”

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