Jeremy Corbyn wins Labour leadership contest
12 September 2015
From the section UK Politics
Veteran left-wing MP Jeremy Corbyn has been elected leader of the Labour Party by a landslide.Mr Corbyn, who began the contest as a rank outsider, saw off a challenge from frontbenchers Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall.He gained 251,417 or 59.5% of first preference votes – 40% more than his nearest rival Mr Burnham, who got 19%.Ms Cooper was third on 17% and Ms Kendall a distant fourth with 4.5% of the vote.Follow the latest updates and reaction to Corbyn’s victory on our live page
A total of 422,664 people cast a vote – a turnout of 76%. 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.In his victory 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 the inequality, the injustice, the unnecessary poverty. All those issues have brought people in, in a spirit of hope and optimism.”He said his campaign had given the lie to claims that young Britons were apathetic about politics, showing instead that they are “a very political generation that were turned off by the way in which politics was being conducted. We have to, and must, change that.”Mr Corbyn added: “The fight back now of our party gathers speed and gathers pace.”Analysis by BBC Political Correspondent Chris MasonMany Labour types already fret Jeremy Corbyn’s election will consign their party to the unelectable fringes of British politics; too left wing for many to touch.And yet those around Mr Corbyn – and the thousands enthused by his campaign – are energised by a politician they see as authentic, principled, different, and so appealing.Read Chris’s full analysisAt-a-glance guide to new Labour leaderThe Jeremy Corbyn storyAn overwhelming 85% of people who signed up as affiliated supporters for £3 voted for Mr Corbyn – but he also topped the ballot among party members and trade …Read More