On the web: Tweets From Tahrir Live

A stream of updates from people at the forefront of the Egyptian revolution.

Today a new website has been launched that, in real time, relays key information from the front line of the Egyptian revolution. Tweetsfromtahrirlive.com groups together a selction of high-quality tweeters who have participated in the Egyptian uprising. The website notes that its stream of activists is not comprehensive, but it's nonetheless a vital source of knowledge of developments on the ground.

The site was created in response to the brutal attacks made on protestors in Tahrir Square, and seeks to draw attention to their plight, as well as to amplify their calls for a society free from repression. It is a collaboration between Sonnet Media and OR Books, who first used Twitter to document history in book form with Tweets from Tahrir, which has been featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The book comprises Twitter posts from Egyptians who helped bring about the downfall of Hosni Mubarak's over just 18 days at the beginning of this year. The book's editors are Alex Nunns and Nadia Idle, an Egyptian who was in Tahrir Square when Mubarak fell.

OR Books co-publisher Colin Robinson commented:

Tweets from Tahrir was the first book of its kind, capturing fleeting tweets and pinning them permanently to the printed page. This is the reverse - it's the same contributors who appeared in the book, but here they are live ... It's vital to the protestors who stood up so bravely in January and February, and are now having to do it all over again, that the world sees what's going on. This is our small contribution to helping with that.

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Will Jeremy Corbyn stand down if Labour loses the general election?

Defeat at the polls might not be the end of Corbyn’s leadership.

The latest polls suggest that Labour is headed for heavy defeat in the June general election. Usually a general election loss would be the trigger for a leader to quit: Michael Foot, Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband all stood down after their first defeat, although Neil Kinnock saw out two losses before resigning in 1992.

It’s possible, if unlikely, that Corbyn could become prime minister. If that prospect doesn’t materialise, however, the question is: will Corbyn follow the majority of his predecessors and resign, or will he hang on in office?

Will Corbyn stand down? The rules

There is no formal process for the parliamentary Labour party to oust its leader, as it discovered in the 2016 leadership challenge. Even after a majority of his MPs had voted no confidence in him, Corbyn stayed on, ultimately winning his second leadership contest after it was decided that the current leader should be automatically included on the ballot.

This year’s conference will vote on to reform the leadership selection process that would make it easier for a left-wing candidate to get on the ballot (nicknamed the “McDonnell amendment” by centrists): Corbyn could be waiting for this motion to pass before he resigns.

Will Corbyn stand down? The membership

Corbyn’s support in the membership is still strong. Without an equally compelling candidate to put before the party, Corbyn’s opponents in the PLP are unlikely to initiate another leadership battle they’re likely to lose.

That said, a general election loss could change that. Polling from March suggests that half of Labour members wanted Corbyn to stand down either immediately or before the general election.

Will Corbyn stand down? The rumours

Sources close to Corbyn have said that he might not stand down, even if he leads Labour to a crushing defeat this June. They mention Kinnock’s survival after the 1987 general election as a precedent (although at the 1987 election, Labour did gain seats).

Will Corbyn stand down? The verdict

Given his struggles to manage his own MPs and the example of other leaders, it would be remarkable if Corbyn did not stand down should Labour lose the general election. However, staying on after a vote of no-confidence in 2016 was also remarkable, and the mooted changes to the leadership election process give him a reason to hold on until September in order to secure a left-wing succession.

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