Jeremy Corbyn wins Labour leadership contest and vows “fightback”
12 September 2015
From the section UK Politics
Jeremy Corbyn has promised to lead a Labour “fightback” after being elected the party’s new leader by a landslide.The veteran left-winger got almost 60% of more than 400,000 votes cast, trouncing his rivals Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall.He immediately faced an exodus of shadow cabinet members – but senior figures including Ed Miliband urged the party’s MPs to get behind him.Mr Corbyn was a 200-1 outsider when the three-month contest began.But he was swept to victory on a wave of enthusiasm for his anti-austerity message and promise to scrap Britain’s nuclear weapons and renationalise the railways and major utilities.
Revisit the day’s reaction to Mr Corbyn’s victoryHe told BBC News he had been a “bit surprised” by the scale of his victory but his campaign had showed “politics can change and we have changed it”.’Jez we did’He will now select his shadow cabinet. Labour has confirmed Rosie Winterton will return as chief whip, but a string of existing cabinet members including Ms Cooper, Tristram Hunt and Rachel Reeves, have all ruled themselves out of serving on the front bench. He has hinted that he wants to change the format of Prime Minister’s Questions – he faces David Cameron across the dispatch box for the first time on Wednesday – suggesting other Labour MPs might get a turn. And on Saturday night, he emailed party members asking them to submit questions the weekly exchange. “I want to be your voice,” he wrote. The Islington North MP won on the first round of voting in the leadership contest, taking 251,417 of the 422,664 votes cast – against 19% for Mr Burnham, 17% for Ms Cooper and 4.5% for Ms Kendall. Former minister and Gordon Brown ally Tom Watson was elected deputy leader.Corbyn supporters chanted “Jez we did” as he took to the stage, putting on his glasses to deliver his acceptance speech.The left-winger, who has spent his entire 32-year career in the Commons on the backbenches, promised to fight for a more tolerant and inclusive Britain – and to tackle “grotesque levels of inequality in our society”.He said the leadership campaign “showed our party and our movement, passionate, democratic, diverse, united and absolutely determined in our quest for a decent and better society that is possible for all”.”They are fed up with …Read More