The odds are against a Labour victory but if we pull out the stops, defeat is not inevitable. We must make our fate for ourselves
We know the odds are stacked. That’s not me as an agent of despair, snuffing out any vestiges of hope and optimism flickering in your mind. Consider it a kick up the backside. For I’m told that Conservative HQ is expecting to rise from the current working majority of 17 to something between 80 and 90 MPs – or even more. Despite the Labour surge, some Labour figures still genuinely fear the party will dip from the 229 MPs at dissolution to considerably below 200. The Ukip collapse means that – if even, say, Labour won the same share of the vote as 2015 – the party could still lose dozens of seats.