In The Times today: under Corbyn, new members are still joining up at an unprecedented thousand a week
In the Times, Jenni Russell reports that Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters are buoyed by their tremendous popularity with members and their growing experience of how to handle the party and PMQs. Editing out the inevitable snide remarks, the article continues:
“Jeremy’s not going to stand down,” says one insider. “He’s really warmed to the job. You couldn’t have had the experiences he’s had and not be strengthened by it.
“Everywhere he goes he gets the most amazing reaction. He gets mobbed.
People wait outside halls and want selfies and autographs. And new members are still joining up at a thousand a week. That’s unprecedented. He’s not just an ordinary lefty politician — he really communicates with people”.
Corbyn’s circle believe he has more than minority appeal. They think he can build a broad alliance, including disheartened former UKIP supporters. They no longer fear a coup, realising that the two main suggestions for deposing Corbyn won’t work and now accept that he would have to be argued out of power, by a revitalised alliance of soft left, moderates and Blairites. Ms Russell thinks that such a challenge is unlikely to happen until 2018 or 2019.
Ms Russell ends by saying that Corbyn’s team believe they can win a sceptical country – and his opponents in the party believe that they can win over a sceptical party.