Factional infighting within UK Labour remains as high as ever. While there was a brief reprieve after the 2017 General Election where the Corbyn lead Labour Party did much better than predicted, in 2018 the internal civil war is back on within the party.
The leftist pro Corbyn Momentum continue to make gains internally within the Party. Rival factions Progress and Labour First continue to resist this. At times this struggle has turned quite ugly, with one leading Progress Activist and Branch Chair making vile comments about Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thorburn being a ISIS sex slave
Momentum and other sections of the Labour left, while overall making gains within UK Labour, have made some tactical errors of late. In the recent selection for the Lewisham East by-election, the left vote was split. Left commentator Owen Jones argues that if Unite Union (the largest trade union within UK Labour) and Momentum had worked together the left may have had a shot.