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More members than voters

Ross McKibbin’s article (“The red sag,” April) was written before the by-election in Walcot, a ward in the city of Bath. A council seat was held by the Liberal Democrats, with Labour coming last. The number of Labour votes (111) was fewer than the number of Labour Party members living in this ward.

Labour MPs need to work out some coherent and relevant policies. Right now, there would be no point in the bulk of the parliamentary party leaving to set up as an independent group, as McKibbin suggests. Such a group would not have the foggiest idea of what it would be breaking away to do.

Ivor Morgan, Lincoln

Medieval social care

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In Prospect’s June issue: Geoffrey Wheatcroft, Martha Gill and Helen Pidd examine the election chances of the three main political parties. Wheatcroft explores the Tories’ remarkable ability to rise from the ashes and assert dominance, Gill questions why the Lib Dem revival isn’t quite getting off the ground and Pidd examines Labour’s prospects after poor performances in the recent council and mayoral elections. Also in this issue: Christine Ockrent asks if France’s new President Emmanuel Macron can charm the parts of France that didn’t initially vote for him, AC Grayling assesses whether the rise and rise of drone warfare warrants a new ethical code for conflict and Francine Stock explores whether Pixar can continue to captivate modern audiences.
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