14 September 2015 - Jeremy Corbyn becomes Labour leader
Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn elected with huge mandate
Rowena Mason (The Guardian)
Jeremy Corbyn has been elected leader of the British Labour party, in a stunning first-round victory that dwarfed even the mandate for Tony Blair in 1994.
He won with nearly 59.5% of first-preference votes, beating rivals Andy Burnham, who trailed on 19%, and Yvette Cooper who received 17%. The “Blairite” candidate Liz Kendall came last on 4.5%.
Minutes after his victory, Corbyn said the message is that people are “fed up with the injustice and the inequality” of Britain.
Jeremy Corbyn's policies
With Jeremy Corbyn now elected leader of the Labour party, the focus of attention will shift onto the Islington MP's key policies and how he will present them to the British public. He will be the most left-wing leader of a major political party in the UK for more than a generation.
Here are some of Corbyn's policies on the key issues facing the country, and what his supporters and opponents have to say about them.
The death of Blairism
John Cassidy (The New Yorker)
On Saturday, the British Labour Party announced that Jeremy Corbyn, the sixty-six-year-old Member of Parliament who represents the London constituency of Islington North, has been elected as its new leader. In the past, Corbyn has expressed his support for unilateral nuclear disarmament, pulling Britain out of NATO, getting rid of the monarchy, raising taxes on the rich, and nationalizing some of Britain’s biggest industries. In the Middle East, he opposed bombing ISIS and favors talks with Hamas and Hezbollah. With the arguable exceptions of Keir Hardie, the Party’s first leader, and Michael Foot, its leader in the early nineteen-eighties, he is probably the most left-wing leader that Labour has had.
Corbyn, who entered Parliament in 1983, was long regarded as a fringe figure in British politics. And he was widely thought of as a rank outsider when, three months ago, he joined the race to succeed Ed Miliband, who led Labour to a crushing defeat in May’s general election. Adopting a broader perspective, though, Corbyn’s success isn’t so shocking. It represents the latest manifestation of a Europe-wide crisis of center-left politics in the face of slow economic growth and austerity economics. And, in the British context, it reflects the failure of the “New Labour” generation of leaders, who came up during the years when Tony Blair and Gordon Brown led the Party.
Michael Wilkinson (The Telegraph)
A number of existing shadow cabinet ministers have said they would not take up their posts again if they were asked to do so, but Chuka Umunna, who held the post of shadow business secretary, has not quit and could represent the party during a debate on anti-strike laws tomorrows, despite not knowing if he has been re-selected.
Tom Watson, the new deputy leader, has created divisions between him and Mr Corbyn already. He has made it clear that he does not agree with his plans to scrap Trident and withdraw from Nato. But he has dismissed anyone planning a coup because Mr Corbyn had presided over a "huge political realignment" and that the party must "respect the mandate he has been given by our members". Meanwhile, Corbyn-supporting Diane Abbott MP has said that Mr Corbyn would not take Britain out of Nato or the EU and that those suggestions were "red herrings".
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