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The Independent - United Kingdom | Monday, August 17, 2015

Shift to left would cost Labour even more voters

As of last Friday members of the Labour Party have three weeks to elect a new leader. Polls put far left contender Jeremy Corbyn in the lead among the four candidates. But Corbyn would be the wrong choice, warns the centre-left daily The Independent: "Nevertheless, some of his policies are clearly popular with much of the electorate and others would create worthwhile fresh debate about issues that the political establishment has largely treated as beyond debate for a generation. Yet this remains an anti-utopian country whose citizens have a preference for fairness in society, and government that is strong and effective without meddling too much in our private lives. It is also, on the basis of this leadership campaign - by turns exhilarating and awful - a country that will be run by Tories for a long time yet."

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