If Jeremy Corbyn decided to stand down as leader of Labour there are many good potential successors in the parliamentary party who would be willing and able to pursue a similar political direction.
If there were to be an election for leader then there must be only one left-wing candidate to ensure the left-wing vote won’t be split. There would need to be an agreement, or even a pre-election vote, to select a single left-wing candidate. Undoubtedly, potential candidates are aware of the need for only one left-wing contender.
Opponents of socialism will do all they can to try to split the left-wing vote. They will want more than one socialist candidate, preferably several. To achieve this they will seek to create division among possible candidates. Accusations of major policy differences and personality clashes and false reports of underhand tactics or private criticism will be splattered throughout a variety of dishonest articles and live comments on TV by anti-socialists. Their “sources” will be working hard.
For example, in a Times article on Sunday (September 29th) Caroline Wheeler and Tim Shipman splurged a ridiculous concoction of nonsense about a “power struggle” between Rebecca Long-Bailey and Laura Pidcock that “escalated dramatically in recent days” and “exploded.” Every word from Wheeler and Shipman was trash but it indicated how anti-socialists intend to disrupt a Labour leadership election and how absurd they will behave.
Obviously, potential candidates won’t be fooled by anti-socialists but the latter’s claims of division will be for the eyes and ears of voters in a leadership election to encourage them to demand certain candidates stand against other left-wing candidates. Fortunately, those who can vote in a Labour leadership election and who wish to vote for a socialist candidate will not be swayed by drivel from the right or from the centre.
There is no imminent need for a change of leadership of course.