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Labour leadership: What the next Labour leader must do

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The Labour Party is in the middle of a leadership election as it looks to rebuild after a crushing defeat in last year’s general election. With Jeremy Corbyn announcing he was stepping down in the aftermath of the Conservatives winning an 80-seat majority, the next leader of the Labour Party has a massive task on their hands if it wants to win the next election. Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Dr Patrick Diamond said: “I think if we were to imagine that things didn’t change from today it looks very difficult for Labour to win the next election. The Conservatives have too much of a majority. Labour would need a swing of around 10 percent and that’s not happened since Tony Blair in 1997. You’d have to say it’s a tall order for the Labour Party.”

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