Jeremy Corbyn has called reports of his departure ‘fake news’. This despite the Labour leader having a net approval rating of minus 40 per cent and polling suggesting that only 15 per cent of voters think Corbyn stands any chance at all of triumphing in 2020. It seems that, at any cost, the Labour leader is determined to stumble on.
Yesterday, he announced a reshuffle – shaking up the cast of nobodies in his shadow cabinet. Whatever Corbyn does, though, if he stays put it’s clear that these next few years are going to be a ‘miserable experience’ for him, says the Daily Telegraph. It’s inevitable that whether the Labour leader has a date in mind for when he would go, the question about his future is going to continually pop up. Usually, the Commons is something of a ‘shop window’ for party leaders to flaunt their qualities in front of the electorate. In Corbyn’s case, ‘there appear to be few buyers’, says the Telegraph. By contrast, Theresa May is riding high – the PM has skilfully negotiated the hurdles put in front of her so far, while the Article 50 vote – in which only one Tory MP, Ken Clarke, rebelled – showed the discipline on the Government benches. For Labour, though, the vote was an indication of the disarray rife among the party. 50 Labour MPs went against the three line whip and the party’s ‘parlous state’ can be summed up by speculation that Clive Lewis – who has been an MP only since 2015 – is being talked up as a leadership candidate. Talk of Corbyn’s replacement is too far down the line for the time being though, according to the Telegraph. The far left want him to stay in place because they are ‘unlikely to get another shot at the top job if he steps down’.