Leader: The old political order crumbles

Theresa May’s failure to deliver the UK’s withdrawal from the EU by 29 March has revitalised the populist right, but Labour’s electoral coalition is just as fragile. 

On 1 March 1973, Dick Taverne, a former Labour MP, won a landslide victory at a parliamentary by-election in Lincoln. Deselected as a candidate over his devout pro-Europeanism, Mr Taverne had quit both his party and parliament in protest. His actions were much praised, but one Conservative minister could not forgive the heresy. “I would have supported you at Lincoln,” Mr Taverne recalls Michael Heseltine telling him on his return to Westminster. “But you made one terrible mistake....
source: New Statesman

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