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CN Briefing: Labour leadership; Corbyn; infrastructure policy; conference season

The battle for the Labour leadership is nearly over and on Saturday morning the winner will be revealed.

Being a journalist, I relish a good political ‘head-to-head’ but, in this case, Corbyn looks as though he’s got it in the bag.

A YouGov poll for the Times this week saw him take a 24-point lead over his rival Owen Smith (but then again, history has shown us polls aren’t always right).

Regardless of that, the support Corbyn’s received from the public in recent months is surprising given the amount of negative press that has surrounded him.

Many have said a Corbyn victory would mark the death of the Labour Party – even if he is happy to “wipe the slate clean” should he retain his position as leader.

It could takes years for Labour to sort itself out.

Many of its MPs will be happy to fight their cause from the backbenches, but it’s not a totally radical idea to think some will split off and form another political group – perhaps one that is more centre-left leaning.

It’s pretty sad to imagine such an event – the breakdown of a political party is no good thing.

Drawing on the positives, however, until Labour re-emerges as a credible opposition, this could provide consistency in policy, with the Conservatives likely to remain in power for the foreseeable future.

Consistency is one thing the industry wants and needs.

I have spoken to contractors, clients and consultants about the political climate on a number of occasions and they tell me the same thing: consistency is what we want, the party in charge is less of an issue.

This is particularly pertinent when you think about the large infrastructure projects that urgently need to be delivered across the UK in the years to come.

We’ll soon find out what shape policy will take under Theresa May.

Perhaps she will take a leaf out of Labour’s book and increase borrowing for infrastructure projects come the Autumn Statement.

Look out for takeaways from the Labour conference on CN next week

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