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.
Speaking after the result was announced, Andy Burnham said the public would welcome a politician like Jeremy Corbyn because “he has very deep beliefs, very strong principles”.
Burnham also said that the public were sick and tired of politicians always looking like they were reading off a soundbite script, which is so obviously true that it’s very rarely said, but it’s nice to hear someone of his seniority say it.
Fellow frontbencher & leadership challenger Yvette Cooper however has already announced that she will not serve in a Corbyn shadow cabinet, as have several more current shadow cabinet members, most of whom Corbyn wouldn’t want anyway, to be frank. There is already media speculation about a split between the left and right factions of the Labour Party, because of course there is.
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 were “a very political generation that were turned off by the way in which politics was being conducted – we have to, and must, change that”.
Meanwhile, the Australian Labor Party is still led by Bill Shorten.
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