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I’ll tell you, and you’ll listen: the one thing successful opposition leaders all have in common

Shadowing the PM brings prominence, but mostly not power. To reach No 10, Labour must pick a leader who can do one thing above all else: teach

By Steve Richards   March 2020

What can history teach us about how to be an effective leader of the opposition? Photo: Prospect composite

Once again a contest takes place to elect a leader of the opposition, perhaps the toughest job in British politics. You might think the prime minister faces more varied responsibilities and nerve-shredding decisions, but the person across the despatch box has a task that is much less clearly defined. He or she cannot be judged by the implementation of policy, only by words and deeds. The role is closer to…

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