George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.
Rather than founding a new party, the leader's opponents are planning a war of attrition.
The Prime Minister's final performance showed why even his opponents regarded him as "a class act".
The Unite general secretary is defending Jeremy Corbyn to the last.
By adopting a sign-up period of two days, Jeremy Corbyn's opponents have denied themselves the chance to reshape the selectorate.
The leader will be automatically included in the party's contest without nominations, senior figures say.
Senior party figures believe Labour's National Executive Committee could rule that the leader requires 50 MP/MEP nominations.
Theresa May's experience and the Conservatives' election rules make a victory for the Brexiter unlikely.
Labour MPs are now more likely to back her as "the unity candidate" against Jeremy Corbyn.
The Labour leader's supporters have framed the "corridor coup" as part of the "old politics" rejected last summer.
"I now apologise sincerely on behalf of my party for the disastrous decision to go to war in Iraq in March 2003," says the opposition leader after damning Chilcot report.
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