Labour leadership challenge, 30’s-style

July 1, 2016 2:15 AM

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Labour leadership challenge, 30’s-style

If Jeremy Corbyn needs cheering up after the vote of confidence in which only 40 out of 229 Labour MPs backed him, he should remember that he's still not quite the most unpopular leader among MPs in his party's history.

Ramsay Macdonald was backed by just 14 out of 287 of his parliamentary colleagues, and he was prime minister; but that was August 1931, and Macdonald had just agreed to form a National Government with Conservatives and Liberals, after his cabinet failed to agree on public spending cuts.

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