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Jeremy Corbyn 11 35.48%
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Old 19.07.2016, 19:39
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Why don't they just have a multi-polar labour party with dissenting views instead of trying to align under one person? It reflects the state they are truly in, is more democratic, and free thinking. Besides, the £3 member registration drive seems to have effectively fixed Corbyn in. Just don't expect to win a general election, that's all.
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Old 19.07.2016, 22:29
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Why don't they just have a multi-polar labour party with dissenting views instead of trying to align under one person? It reflects the state they are truly in, is more democratic, and free thinking. Besides, the £3 member registration drive seems to have effectively fixed Corbyn in. Just don't expect to win a general election, that's all.
The £3 'members' are not allowed to vote.
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Old 19.07.2016, 22:56
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Angela Eagle has just bowed out of the doomed leadership contest, leaving Owen Smith the sole challenger. What a complete and utter farce, at least put up a credible opponent that people have heard of (e.g. Yvette Cooper, Andy Burnham, Chuka Umana etc..)
I'm with you on Andy Burnham and Chuka Umana, but Owen Smith is heard of and not to be underestimated. I even have Tory friends who would consider voting for Chuka Umana if he were party leader.
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Old 19.07.2016, 23:10
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I'd vote for Corbyn if I had the opportunity, just to see what happens to the Labour Party afterwards.

I haven't found British politics this entertaining for years!
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Corbyn got it all sewn up... Labour are finished!

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I just heard a blinding interview on Radio 5 on teh way into work this morning. It was two women, one Corbyn hard left, one anyone-but-corbyn looking to for Labour to win an election. from the moment it started you knew it wasnt going to be nice. the Hard Left woman talked about values and democratic support of the grass roots then announced anyone who didnt follow her line was a "soft tory". as you can imagine the other one then did a corbyn boot kicking job and told the first one to get back to Socialist Worker and it went downhill from there. Honestly it was timeless if they'd been in the same room all you'd have heard was the microsophones being knocked off and people coming to blows, they hated each other.

labour will split, no doubt about it.
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Old 20.07.2016, 12:57
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labour will split, no doubt about it.
I don't believe they will, but they cannot continue being led by a backbench rebel, which is what Corbyn essentially is.

He does not, and never has, represented mainstream Labour ideology. I believe the party will regroup around a new leader, and then Corbyn can do whatever the hell he wants.
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I don't like the look of Owen Smith. Is he trustworthy? Time will tell.


Smith revealed in a radio interview this morning that he doesn't use Viagra (manufactured by his (ex?) employer). Of course, this has nothing to do with the price of potatoes, but just thought I'd pass it on!
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I watched the start of PMQs today and saw this exchange. She scored a few points off Corbyn!

Theresa May attacks 'unscrupulous boss' Corbyn at PMQs

To see it, click on the agenda here at 12:10:17
http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/I...8-21aeeb7400db
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Old 20.07.2016, 15:49
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I don't like the look of Owen Smith. Is he trustworthy? Time will tell.


Smith revealed in a radio interview this morning that he doesn't use Viagra (manufactured by his (ex?) employer). Of course, this has nothing to do with the price of potatoes, but just thought I'd pass it on!
His reputation is for being a decent person, and the radio interview this morning appears to have been taken from his interview with Piers Morgan and Suzanna Reid on Good Morning.

I do know that over the past few weeks, amongst my close friends who have been rabidly supporting Corbyn, Owen Smith's name has cropped up more than a few times as one of the very few viable alternatives. I hope, and believe, Smith could provide as big upset to Corbyn's vanity here.


Smith was very persuasive and eloquent in this interview when he resigned from the shadow cabinet last month. Watch the reactions of my home town MP, Lisa Nandy, seated beside him.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-politics-36642379
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Old 20.07.2016, 17:28
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I watched the start of PMQs today and saw this exchange. She scored a few points off Corbyn!

Theresa May attacks 'unscrupulous boss' Corbyn at PMQs
She needs to sharpen her comedy skills a bit. She oversold the joke and should have left out the "Remind him of anybody?".

The UK MPs are just a bunch of chattering monkeys though really. It's more like a school panto than somewhere that governs a country.
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I thought Theresa May's debut at PM's Question Time was excellent, and she surpassed my expectations. She can only do better!!!


Korby, you should stand down man, before Theresa comes in for the kill!

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Old 20.07.2016, 17:48
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Interesting how Corbyn changed his kinder gentler PMQ promise to his new attempts at mudslinging. Cameron use to regularly wipe the floor with Corbyn. I miss that now. I think Theresa May will be regularly biting his head off.

It wasn't kinder and gentler afterall, it was just incompetence.
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Old 20.07.2016, 18:13
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She needs to sharpen her comedy skills a bit. She oversold the joke and should have left out the "Remind him of anybody?".

The UK MPs are just a bunch of chattering monkeys though really. It's more like a school panto than somewhere that governs a country.
Having a jab at your opponenet and getting a laugh a his expense are all fair game in my opinion. But I think she went too far in that exchange. She didn't make any attempt to answer his actual question. And I'm saying this as somebody who otherwise supports May.
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Old 20.07.2016, 20:03
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Since when do politicians answer questions?
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The English parliament reminds me of a kindergarten with MPs booing each other.
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Old 20.07.2016, 20:42
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I think May did quite well. Stumbled a little, but its early days.

Lots of talk about her Thatcher blue jacket and pearls. I preferred May's big pearls: they looked like they could knock someone out. Corbyn better watch his step.
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I thought Theresa May's debut at PM's Question Time was excellent, and she surpassed my expectations. She can only do better!!!
I couldn't disagree more, she sounded shrill and her comic timing was non existent. The way she fixed Corbyn with a stare and said 'Remind you of anybody'

I couldn't have cringed any harder had I walked in on my parents.....
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Old 20.07.2016, 23:55
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I couldn't disagree more, she sounded shrill and her comic timing was non existent. The way she fixed Corbyn with a stare and said 'Remind you of anybody'

I couldn't have cringed any harder had I walked in on my parents.....
Reminds me of the joke about the little boy who walked in on his parents and said these are the ones who tell me off for sucking my thumb.
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I couldn't disagree more, she sounded shrill and her comic timing was non existent. The way she fixed Corbyn with a stare and said 'Remind you of anybody'

I couldn't have cringed any harder had I walked in on my parents.....
She's certainly no William Hague or David Cameron and the stare was pretty awful...but I had a little chuckle.
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