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Trotsky enters Labour leadership race

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>> Thank you very much.>>
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>> Labor's leadership election has the party playing spot, the Trotskyite. Deputy Leader Tom Watson saying labor risks being taken over by hard left Trotsky interests. Leader Jeremy Corbyn's campaign team have in turn said he's peddling baseless conspiracy theories. Until now the pair have been cordial in public, sharing a stage on the campaign to stay in the EU and a message on retaining party unity.
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But almost 76 years to the day since revolutionary Leon Trotsky was killed, his ghost is being revived. Reuter's political correspondent Kylie MacLellan says that means the gloves are off.>> Some people in the party have taken offense at Watson's remarks. Trotskyite was a phrase used to describe some of the more militant Marxist campaigners in the 70s and 80s who campaigned against the party's leadership.
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It's also been used over the years to describe dissenting voices in the party.>> Labour's fractures leadership contest is reaching fever pitch. The party's MPs overwhelmingly against Corbyn and backing challenger Owen Smith, unlike many grassroots activists who helped catapult Corbyn last year to the leadership. Over 100,000 new members have recently earned the right to vote in the new contest.
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>> Many labor lawmakers feel that a lot of the Corbyn's supporting grassroots members who joined in the last year are more interested in defending his left wing principles than winning an election. The Chair of the Grassroots Momentum movement last month said that democracy was what was important, that winning was something that the powerful political elites were interested in in order to hold on to their power.
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>> Labour's feud has been playing out on the streets, in parliament, and even Britain's high court. The plan is to wrap it all up before their party conference, but a growing number of voices think Labour's membership surge might not make that logistically possible.