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Do non-Blairite Labour leaders win elections? — 5 Comments

  1. Would I be correct in saying that, apart from the Blair era, Labour has never won twice in succession? That is to say, people misguidedly vote in a socialist government and learn to regret it within one term.

    • Not quite. Atlee won in 1950, but with only a 5-seat majority, was forced to call another election in 1951, which, as we know, he lost.

      To expand on Hector’s point, in 120 years of the Labour Party’s existence, under 17 leaders, only three have ever won a clear majority in Parliament: Atlee, Wilson, and Blair. That’s less than one-in-five. MacDonald, although he became Prime Minister in 1929, fell 21 short of the 308 seats then required for a majority.

      Surprisingly, in its 185-year history, the Conservative party has only had two more leaders. 14, almost three quarters of them, have won clear majorities (In fairness, I’m counting the Liberal Unionist and National Liberal “coalitions” of the late 19th Century and 1950s as Tory wins. Both parties campaigned alongside, and eventually merged with, the Conservatives. Since the LibDems didn’t in 2010, and show no signs of doing so, that coalition obviously doesn’t count, but Cameron of course went on to win on his own in 2015.)

      • >Not quite. Atlee won in 1950, but with only a 5-seat majority, was forced to call another election in 1951, which, as we know, he lost.

        Yes, I simplified it a bit (perhaps a bit too much).

        The rest of your comment is excellente.

  2. Well, sort of. It’s happened because they’ve adopted all the Left’s ideas so there is only obvious insanity for Labour to campaign on. To their right, any heads that appear above the parapet get pelted with accusations of racism until they duck out of sight again. The nominal “Conservatives” are actually occupying the centre-left ground. Recent case in point: I see they are about to raise the minimum wage, sorry ‘Living wage’ again. As you say, though, it’s a strategy that works.

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