Why the ‘Independent Group’ should offer rare hope for the Left

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The defection of eight Labour MPs to form an independent caucus drew immediate derision from many on the Left, who were quick to point out that their thinly veiled first steps to form a new ‘centrist’ party would only split the Labour vote in a forthcoming general election, making a Tory victory more likely. Then, within hours of their formation, the new grouping was embroiled in…