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20 September 2016 - Labour leadership elections

Publié par Marion Coste le 20/09/2016
Jeremy Corbyn to put Labour Party on election footing
Nicholas Watt (BBC News, 20/09/2016)

Mr Corbyn is planning to tell the party that Theresa May could call an election as early as next spring to secure a mandate for her Brexit negotiations.
The leader hopes the prospect of an early poll might instil some discipline among Labour MPs, and he would help bring it about.
Newsnight understands he would instruct his MPs to vote for an early election.

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Divided party

After Jeremy Corbyn wins, Labour has to make up or break up
Zoe Williams (The Guardian, 18/09/2016)
As we hurtle toward the Labour party conference, our attention diverted only momentarily by the Liberal Democrats, engaged not so much in a conference as a seaside book festival, it is time to consider what happens after Jeremy Corbyn wins the leadership election. We have to assume that he will win, but since freak events have become the political norm, picture waking up a week hence with Owen Smith as leader. He would have won by promising to be exactly like Corbyn on all matters of policy, but younger, more approachable, and better at getting laid (more precisely, he told the Daily Mirror that he had fought off hundreds of lads to get his wife, so he “knew how to win”. The message was plain, if bizarre – Corbyn is all very well for the young idealists, but who’s going to appeal to the unrepresented constituencies, the men who like to battle bare-chested for their womenfolk, the Vikings, the post-apocalypse brigands, the readers of Andy Capp? Owen Smith! That’s who).

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Reluctant candidate

Owen Smith admits he did not want to stand to be Labour leader
Michael Wilkinson (The Telegraph, 19/09/2016)
Owen Smith has revealed he did not want to stand as Labour leader because Jeremy Corbyn should have been given more time in the role before being challenged.
Mr Smith told The Guardian he "wasn't in favour of there being a challenge", but had decided he had to put his name forward once Angela Eagle had opened a contest for the leadership.
He said: "I wasn’t in favour of there being a challenge but once a challenge had been made then I felt I needed to stand because I felt that I had something to say about the future of the Labour party, and a lot of other people in the PLP [parliamentary Labour party] felt that about me, which is why they asked me to stand."
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Possible outcomes

Labour leadership contest: one result, five possible scenarios
Heather Stewart and Jessica Elgot (The Guardian, 18/09/2016)
Labour’s turbulent summer, which kicked off with a riot of resignations in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, will come to a formal close in Liverpool this Saturday, when the result of Owen Smith’s challenge to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership is announced. But even if Smith is soundly beaten, few expect peace to break out, after a bruising contest that has exposed the fault lines between the warring sides in the Labour movement. Here, we ask what might happen next.
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"20 September 2016 - Labour leadership elections", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), septembre 2016. Consulté le 20/08/2019. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2016/20-september-2016-labour-leadership-elections