The Labour party is hoping to use the current tide of anti-establishment sentiment in order to make him more appealing as a potential Tory beater. The camera shy Labour leader has been more known for ducking the cameras of late, keeping an extremely low profile since the “Brexit” campaign and also winning a second poll to be Labour leader after a botched coup attempt put him up against Owen Smith.
The beleagured Labour leadership has been quietly regrouping after what many would describe as a torrid 2016 for the party. With rumours of constant infighting and power struggles, and then to top it off a botched leadership challenge that petered out as it became obvious that Mr Corbyn had the support of the party at large, if not the parliamentary Labour party.
Currently the party is 14 points behind the Conservatives in recent polls, they’ve also struggled at recent by-elections. The timing couldn’t really be better for a relaunch. As the party desperately needs to show a united front as they try and claw back the lead the Tories have amassed. Indeed with the large amounts of political wranglings currently going on, they may need to be prepared for a snap general election. Though the Prime Minister has insisted more than once that there will not be a snap election, that by no means that the current government will make it all the way to 2020. Indeed with the looming possibility of the triggering of article 50 of the Lisbon treaty, and the potential issues Mrs May faces within her own party as to the speed and harshness of the exit, a general election may be called at any time.
The one good piece of news for Labour is that since the 2015 general election there has been a significant rise in membership numbers. It appears that the leadership election in 2015 came around the same time as people were getting more politically active. The numbers are astonishing, before the 2015 leadership election Labour had 292,505 members whilst in November they had around 380,000 members (These are full memberships source: Wikipedia) this makes them Europe’s biggest political party. What they need to do now is to figure out how to turn that in to votes. With proposed boundary changes being suggested, it will make this task even larger. Though with the right movement anything can happen, just as we’ve seen with “Brexit” and Donald Trump’s unlikely run to the White house, everything has changed and the impossible is now to be expected.
Joseph is a 34 year old freelance writer from London. He has a wide interest in politics and specialises in the subject. He's also a blog writer in his spare time.