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Financial Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Pacifist Corbyn destroying Labour

The British oppositional Labour Party is deeply divided in the run-up to today's vote in the British House of Commons over whether Britain should participate in airstrikes against the IS in Syria. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is against British involvement while the majority of his MPs are in favour. Corbyn's course is making the party increasingly unelectable, the conservative daily Financial Times criticises: "Mr Corbyn argues that his pacifist stance reflects the sentiment of the party's grass-roots supporters. Labour's moderate MPs rightly insist that their prime role is not to parrot the wishes of party activists but to serve all their constituents and act in the national interest. ... Mr Corbyn seems determined to push his party towards the far left whatever the consequences for its electability. The longer he stays in his post, the more likely it is that he will destroy Labour as a mainstream political party."

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