Less a split than a splintering but conundrum of Corbynism remains

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn during the annual conference of the EEF manufacturers organisation in London yesterday. Picture: PA

My comrade in the National Union of Journalists Jeremy Corbyn was deserted on Monday by seven of his own Labour MPs. A new party is in the offing. There is much talk of issues, and there are plenty of them. But this is less a split than a splintering.

It is as much about the constriction of political choice by Britain’s first-past-the-post system than any demand for a new party.

In significant measure, Corbyn’s unexpected surge into the Labour leadership was the reflux of that electoral system. Brexit is too.

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