Quick THREAD: How should the Labour left respond in the age of Starmer?

A difference of opinion is already pretty clear...

Story here, some key points below... theguardian.com/politics/2020/…
First - there’s those who think far from all being lost, huge gains have been made (Starmer pledges) and he’s basically a straight dealer, so cooperate and preserve. The left is far better off than it was in the 80s.

Andrew Fisher, former policy chief, is the best exponent:
Then there’s another group who think this is crazy. Starmer will shift right - the left should have a plan now for winning back the party. A vocal approach.
Then there’s what I’d call the watch and waiters. People wary, not attacking Starmer, but seeing where it goes.

Karie Murphy, former chief of staff who had huge influence under Corbyn, explains:
Murphy is now heavily involved in attempts to coordinate the efforts of the left - an attempt to come up with some kind of more organised left grouping. More later this year.

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