Jeremy Corbyn continues as the Labour leader. So what’s next for the Labour Party under Corbyn? What will be Corbyn’s focus and do you think that he will make some adjustment comparing to what we have seen? Read few comments.
Christopher Raymond, Lecturer in Politics, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy, and Politics, Queen’s University Belfast
The victory for Corbyn will certainly empower him to pursue his agenda with even more vigour than he has even in the past. I cannot say, however, how his backbench MPs will respond. There is a distinct possibility many may quit the party and/or Parliament, though I am not entirely confident this will happen. What I can say is that Corbyn will pursue his proposed reforms to the party to devolve more power over party decisions to the membership, who would be empowered (if Corbyn is successful) to deselect MPs who have not been loyal to Corbyn. Overall, Corbyn’s victory will not end the civil war within the party, but instead will actually probably intensify the conflict. Meanwhile, Corbyn will continue to perform poorly in the polls, and increasingly so as the civil war tarnishes the party brand in the electorate. All this being said, the Labour Party is now clearly on course to move in Corbyn’s direction (moving away from the party of Tony Blair) for the foreseeable future.
Victoria Honeyman, Lecturer in Politics, POLIS, University of Leeds
There is nothing to suggest that the party will be any more united under Corbyn now than they were previously. Therefore there are 3 options. Firstly, the party can unite in some way. Unlikely but possible. Secondly, the party can go into a period of stasis or hibernation. They won’t win any elections, they will continue to internally fight and they will look like a defeated force. This will not end until either the next general election, which will require a change of leader or the deselection of most of the Parliamentary Labour Party. Thirdly, the party could split. This would be difficult to do because the party doesn’t belong to any specific group, it is a broad church and therefore people from different viewpoints can claim loyalty and ownership of the party.
Any adjustments will be likely to be in terms of party management. He will also need to be more proactive in terms of policy creation, but I wouldn’t expect to see a great deal of difference in these areas, simply a higher profile.
Robin Pettitt, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Kingston University
I think Corbyn and his team will see a second victory in a year as confirmation of what they have been doing so far policy wise. So, I think he will continue the anti-austerity and increased public spending line already set. There may be some attempts at reaching out to internal opponents, and some attempt at running a more professional leadership office (i.e. avoid silly mistakes, such as the train video). But all told, a second (very likely massive) win will only confirm the path he has already taken, especially as all his opponents have left the Shadow Cabinet and therefore not able to oppose him there.