Labour Pains

After a crushing general election defeat, the Labour Party faces a difficult path back to power under its new leader. In this special section, six writers examine the career and character of Sir Keir Starmer, outline the massive challenges he faces in making his party electable again, and advise him how to set about his formidable task

As state socialism advances on all fronts, what is Labour’s real electoral future?

Expect Starmerism to make much more sense in practice than in theory

Since Blair doesn’t seem to count for many members, they have no positive model of Labour in power

On the issue of sexual and other forms of violence against women, Keir Starmer has a sterling record

The next Labour leader will start with the opposite of a blank sheet: an overstuffed, losing manifesto

There’s no problem with a witchhunt when there really are witches

It comes as no surprise that Jeremy Corbyn leapt to Russia’s defence after the Salisbury poisoning