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Why does the UK Labour Party support Brexit?

Because the majority of the people voted for Brexit. In fact, this reason is given in the very first line of the Party's 2017 manifesto, in the Brexit chapter: Labour accepts the referendum result ...
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Why doesn't the UK Labour Party push for proportional representation?

Because Labour gets more seats with regional representation. Even the famed Tony Blair landslide majorities were never actually a popular majority. In 2005, Labour won 55% of the seats with 35% of ...
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What are the conclusions of the leaked Labour antisemitism report?

You can read (all 850 pages) yourself! The conclusions as stated in the report are: Labour party structures were not equipped to deal with [anti-semitism] An abnormal intensity of factional ...
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What are some examples of antisemitism in the Labour Party?

The Wikipedia article on Anisemitism in Labour has a good overview (the following list is not complete): Corbyn was the chair of an organization that participated in the antisemitic Quds Day. Corbyn ...
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Why doesn't the UK Labour Party push for proportional representation?

There is a strategic reason, and a philosophical reason, but they are related: With something like the current range of views in the UK, it is very unlikely that Labour could ever win a majority under ...
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Why is the current Presiding Officer in Scottish Parliament a member of Labour Party, and not the Scottish National Party?

In the UK system, the speaker is politically neutral, and this requirement of neutrality has been taken seriously by generations of speakers. Moreover it is quite common for the speaker not to be from ...
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Why were the Liberal Democrats successful in the North Shropshire by-election instead of Labour?

The demographics of the area are such that there are a large number of voters who are strongly opposed to Labour party policies (or perhaps to the Labour party brand), and would not vote for Labour ...
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Why does the UK Labour Party support Brexit?

At the moment the issue seems to be less one of policy and more one of narrative. The Conservative Government is currently in charge of delivering Brexit. Nearly two years after the vote to Leave the ...
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Why were the Liberal Democrats successful in the North Shropshire by-election instead of Labour?

I think James K has hit the nail on the head regarding traditional Conservative voters being willing to cast a Lib Dem protest vote while still regarding Labour as toxic. There are a couple of other ...
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Has the Labour party always had this level of problems with anti-semitism?

Has the Labour party always had this level of problems with anti-semitism? No. The current problems are a direct result of the changes brought about by Jeremy Corbyn. This is not, however, to suggest ...
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In what context did Tony Benn say the following?

He didn't. Although this quote is often misattributed to Benn, including recently in the House of Commons itself by Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP (Hansard), the quote actually comes from the Scottish ...
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Has Labour failed to deal with antisemitism within their party?

Since 2015 when Jeremy Corbyn took over the leadership of the Labour party, it has been beset by accusations of antisemitism. The instances are detailed in multiple articles and questions on the site. ...
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Why doesn't the UK Labour Party push for proportional representation?

Something else to consider: People vote differently in different voting systems. Right now, a lot of people vote for either Labour or the Conservatives not because they actually want to vote for them, ...
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Has the Labour party always had this level of problems with anti-semitism?

TL;DR: defining when criticism of Israel becomes anti-Semitism First things first, please do note that generalizations are that, generalizations. The point that I am going to disagree with the idea ...
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Why does the UK Labour Party support Brexit?

I think the notion that Labour supports Brexit needs to be nuanced a little. There's a May 2018 opinion piece in the Guardian (by prof. Anand Menon) that describes Labour's support for Brexit as "...
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Labour Party support for renationalizing railways

The least ambiguous source for this might be page 90 of the Labour Party manifesto for the 2017 General Election Labour will invest in a modern, integrated, accessible and sustainable transport ...
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Why doesn't the UK Labour Party push for proportional representation?

This may be a ridiculous suggestion, but it's possible that not all politicians are cynical. 😉 The question's premise is that Proportional Representation would be in the Labour Party's selfish ...
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Is there any hard data on what factors motivated voters to switch from Labour to Conservative in the 2019 election?

We won't know in more detail until some polls on "why did you vote that way" are published (and I haven't found any insofar, but some were published after the 2017 election, so no doubt some ...
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Why does the UK Labour Party support Brexit?

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party is a left-winger, far removed politically from the Blairite side of the party. There is a long tradition of the left of the Labour Party having opposed ...
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Are Leave Labour voters still an actual thing?

The most recent poll on the subject of a potential EU referendum was conducted by Survation on 25 September. Of voters who intend to vote Labour at the next General Election, 15% of them say they ...
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A tale of two referenda: 1975 and 2016

Was there "such a marked shift"? In 2019 Labour ultimately committed to hold a 2nd referendum in which the party (or at least its leadership) would not support either remain/leave... which ...
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Why didn't Labour's 2017 manifesto contain a commitment to abolish the House of Lords?

Did the 2017 manifesto represent an actual change in policy from 2015? Yes. In the absence of a clear manifesto commitment to a policy, it is harder for Labour to claim it has an electoral mandate ...
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Why did Labour abstain rather than oppose the Welfare Bill from the conservative government?

There are some possible reasons listed here. We could do with an official explanation from Labour HQ. So far all I've been able to interpret from various soundbites and putting 2+2 together is that: ...
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What is the role of "Unite the Union" in UK politics?

First the disclaimer - I am involved in politics, and a member of the Labour Party, as well as a trade union member (not of unite) Unite the union is an amalgamation of a number of different trade ...
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Who selects individual Labour MPs?

Candidates are selected by the Constituency Labour Parties, following the plan outlined in the Labour Party Rule Book. The last version I can find online is from 2013. This states that in terms of ...
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Do any Labour MPs support no-deal?

There's no ERG equivalent on Labour's end. But there are a few Labour MPs who are staunch Leavers, either on a personal basis, or because they represent constituencies that voted heavily for Leave ...
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What happened at the Blackpool Labour Party Conference in 1980?

This was the Labour Party conference where a number of policies that were previously seen as extreme were either passed as policy or were at least heavily supported. These included:- Removing the ...
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Do incumbents in Labour party leadership elections need the support of 35 MPs?

Under the current rules a new candidate for the Labour leadership requires the support of 20% of Labour MPs and MEPs (members of the European parliament). This would equate to 50 signatures from 230 ...
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Why was Labour able to decide its 2019 Brexit policy (re: composite 13) without a counted vote?

Here's the Labour Party's constitution: http://labour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Rule-Book-2019.pdf The relevant section is Chapter 3, Clause III, Rule 3 - Procedural Rules for the Party ...
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