Labour won’t be saved by talk at the top. But local action could do it : The Guardian

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We’ve had enough of politicians clinging to their positions. The party can unite through the principles its grassroots members still share.

It’s a Labour division that has reached peak bitterness since the bloodbath that was the local elections, but of course it’s been rumbling since 2015. I don’t mean the differences between the Corbyn faction and the centrists within the party (those count too, but are constantly aired), nor between the realists and the purists of the commentariat, but at the level of the local party meeting.

The term “members” is used in the media as shorthand for unwavering Corbyn supporters, understandably, given that they will persist in voting for him. Yet even the size of his mandate – never forget the size of his mandate! – doesn’t erase the existence of the solid core of local party members, 30% or so, who don’t agree with him.

For brevity, let’s call the…

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