What price Paris for the Labour leader?

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The horrific massacre in Paris could significantly affect British political life for decades to come.

It may seem trivial, even insulting, to compare those unspeakable events with the fate of the Labour Party, but the shock waves from Paris are already undermining the nation’s left-wing led opposition party.

They have already exposed the leader Jeremy Corbyn as bad news in the eyes of many Labour MPs.

Corbyn’s grip on the party is now very slippery indeed.

Many of his Labour colleagues have voiced their opposition to what they see as his pacifist views in the face of one of the greatest terrorist threats the world has ever seen.

Corbyn’s attitude towards a shoot-to-kill policy, and the bombing of Syria, have also given rise to doubts among a number of Labour politicians as to his fitness to fill his present role.

His first real test will come at next month’s Oldham West by-election where Labour secured a huge majority at the general election, with Ukip as runners-up. If Labour falter badly here, then Corbyn’s future as leader will be in jeopardy.

Indeed, some Labour front-benchers are already suggesting that if this happens, they may table a motion of no confidence in him.

Whatever the outcome, all this could lead to hugely damaging, and indeed irreparable harm, to the Labour Party as a responsible body in the House of Commons. Labour’s future is by no means secure.

There could be shocks all round when Chancellor George Osborne presents his spending review to the House of Commons.

He seems to have convinced most of the Government departments that they will have to live on some quite severely reduced budgets. The biggest bone of contention is likely to be the expected cuts in frontline policing. He has refused to rule this out, so such a measure can be regarded as a racing certainty.

However, Osborne has given an assurance of 30 per cent more to fight terrorism – which is hardly surprising given recent events and his own comment that Britain is paying the price for not getting involved in the Syrian crisis.

One thing in Osborne’s favour is that he seems to have the knack for making bad news sound like good news – that is until people later read his proposals’ small print.

So, it could be the end of the week before we get a proper appraisal of his plans.