Use opportunity of Diane Abbott leadership bid

Rightwing scheming as well as John McDonnell's withdrawal has ensured there will be a left candidate for the Labour leadership after all, writes Peter Manson

Diane Abbott’s successful bid to secure enough nominations for the Labour leadership contest resulted from the momentary convergence of interests of the John McDonnell-led left, a handful of black MPs from across the Labour political spectrum and elements within the rightwing leadership keen on demonstrating that the party is a ‘diverse and vibrant force’, appealing to all sections of society.

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Nationalism; BA safety; Division; Draft v draft; Israel mistakes; Terrorised; Blind alley; Two ships; Prize piece; Prison flaw

Against the state, not just the ruling class

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Regime paranoia

Ben Lewis reports on the campaign to free all political prisoners in Iran

Silence of the left

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Where now for the left?

The Labour left has a constant tendency to look to its right for allies, writes Ben Lewis

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Fresh thinking and stale dogma

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Shout it out!

Robbie Rix regrets plain thoughtlessness

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