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    Labour (UK) under Corbyn

    If you've followed polls in the United Kingdom, you will have noticed that Labour didn't exactly top the charts under Corbyn (which is imo too bad, as I personally think rather highly of him).

    But one thing in which Corbyn did succeed during his first year was raising members, both returning old guard and new blood. This somewhat old article in The Guardian describes how membership numbers have nearly doubled in not even a year.

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/...e-labour-party

    Jeremy Corbyn’s hopes of remoulding Labour have been boosted by a detailed Guardian survey into the party at grassroots level that shows overwhelming support for him, a decisive shift to the left and unhappiness with squabbling among MPs.

    The Guardian has interviewed Labour secretaries, chairs, other office holders and members from more than 100 of the 632 constituencies in England, Scotland and Wales. Almost every constituency party across the country we contacted reported doubling, trebling, quadrupling or even quintupling membership, and a revival of branches that had been moribund for years and close to folding.

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    Re: Labour (UK) under Corbyn

    If you wondered why Labour is faring so poorly in the polls, the answer is resistance among New Labour MPs.

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/...-to-stand-down

    A call for Jeremy Corbyn to go as Labour leader has been publicly backed by two other MPs, while his allies have responded by telling rebels to accept the decision that party members made in the party’s leadership election.

    John Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness, set himself on a collision course with those at the top of the party by writing that voters were being “appallingly” served by the current leadership, adding “we simply cannot go on like this”.

    A Labour spokesman responded: “It’s time for John Woodcock to accept the democratic decision of the Labour party to elect Jeremy Corbyn as leader – and join Jeremy and the rest of the party in turning their fire on this incompetent and divisive Tory government.”

    Tensions have been high within the party ever since a list of names, which appeared to rank MPs by their loyalty to the current leadership, was allegedly left in a parliamentary bar and then covered by the media.

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    Re: Labour (UK) under Corbyn

    There have been a lot of new developments (see the topic In other news), not least another leadership contest. But this topic seems the most appropriate spot to post this older article:

    https://theconversation.com/huge-ris...strength-63563

    For party funding researchers, the year after a general election can produce days of excitement akin to Christmas. If your idea of fun is rifling through the accounts of political parties and updating long pored over spreadsheets, it’s a thrilling time.

    This year has been a vintage one, beginning as it did with news of Labour’s near £600 bill for chicken suits and continuing with the more serious story of Conservative election spending.

    Now the yearly party accounts for 2015 have been released, shedding some light on one of the biggest questions in Britain this summer: is Labour thriving or disintegrating under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn?

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