Should We All Be Worried About The Labour Party?

There are rules to demarcate the party and democratic duties of politicians, and pressure valves such as free votes help a single individual to play a dual role. But MPs must be faithful to their local electors to the extent that they deliver on campaign pledges made individually, and by supporting party policy they deliver for the national electorate who vote them in en masse. From a constitutional perspective, of course, Labour MPs also need to stop fighting for long enough to serve as an official opposition.

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