British Labour Party Looks To Rebuild

Only days after yielding to a new coalition government, Britain’s Labour Party has begun to reconstruct itself from the wreckage of a failed election campaign, hastening to choose a new leader and move away from the “New Labour” days that won it 13 years of power before they ended last week in disillusionment and internal recrimination.Labour has lost no time in beginning a contest for party leader, and has said it aims to have a successor for Gordon Brown in place by late summer. Mr. Brown vacated the position in a failed last-ditch attempt to checkmate the Conservative-Liberal Democrat pact, when he offered himself as a sacrifice in the hope of clearing the way for an alternative coalition, one that would have twinned Labour with the Liberal Democrats in a “progressive majority.”