The role of an opposition should be to challenge the government, but Britain’s Labour Party has begun the new year at war with itself as leader Jeremy Corbyn struggles to assert his authority over restive lawmakers.

The veteran left-winger has clashed with centrist Labour legislators over issues including his opposition to nuclear weapons and to British airstrikes on Islamic State (ISIS) targets in Syria.

Early Wednesday, Corbyn moved defense spokeswoman Maria Eagle, who opposed him on nuclear weapons, to another post, and fired two other members of his top team who had criticized him. Read more…

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Jeremy Corbyn fires Labour Party rebels, others quit to protest purge