by David Brandon
Due for publication in 2017
From Hardie to Corbyn - what ever happened to the Labour Party?
Since the Labour Party’s foundation, effective power has rested with a small élite: the leader, the Parliamentary Labour Party and those who head the major trade unions.
The outcome has been a pragmatic programme and three major periods of election success. There have been achievements, but none significant enough to make Labour the natural party of power.
On a few occasions the collective voice of the membership has determined policy. Under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, this is one of them. The author welcomes this change but admits the outcome remains uncertain.
For those who want to understand if the Labour Party has a future, this challenging historic analysis is an essential read.