When Corbyn triumphs, Labour’s real civil war will begin
The hard left is now poised to gain control from top to bottom, something the Blairites never did
This leadership contest was meant to topple Jeremy Corbyn, or at the very least weaken him. It looks almost certain to end up strengthening him. After the result is declared on Saturday, the Corbynites will be emboldened to go after all those who stand in their way, from the general secretary and the deputy leader to party staff and regional organisers. They are tightening their grip over the party from top to bottom, something the Blairites never did.
Alarmingly for the moderates, the party could be beyond saving by 2020. Even the Parliamentary Labour Party, a bastion against Corbynism, could be pushed hard to the left at the next election. Candidate selection will enable Momentum and co. to oust some of their most determined foes. But if boundary changes go through ahead of the next election, the purge could go far further than that.
What will Labour MPs do once Jeremy Corbyn is re-elected?
Tomorrow just before noon, Jeremy Corbyn is set to be crowned leader of the Labour party for a second time, possibly, according to insiders, with an even bigger mandate than the one he’s spent the past year waving at his own party. And after months of resignations, fighting, and a leadership contest where the challenger failed to capture the Labour membership’s imagination, Labour MPs are considering what they should do now