As anticipated Jeremy Corbyn has easily won the contest for the leadership of the UK Labour Party with increased support over last time.
From the Guardian:
Jeremy Corbyn has won a decisive victory in his second leadership contest, beating Owen Smith by a bigger margin than he had when he saw off three opponents in 2015 and thereby strengthening his grip on the party. Unlike a year ago, he won easily amongst party members (as well as among registered supporters and affiliated supporters), confirming that the nature of the party membership has shifted quite considerably since the 2015 general election. In a speech which conveyed notably more confidence and authority than the one he delivered after his victory last year, he appealed for unity, saying it was time to wipe the slate clean. He also used a phrase, “more in common”, coined by Jo Cox, the Labour MP killed in the summer who had been one of his critics. He said:
“Elections are passionate and partisan affairs things are often said in the heat of the debate on all sides that we later regret.
But always remember in our party, we have much more in common than that which divides us.
As far as I’m concerned the slate is wiped clean from today.
We are proud as a party that we’re not afraid to discuss openly, to debate and disagree that is essential for a party that wants to change people’s lives for the better that isn’t prepared to accept things as they are.”
It will be interesting to see how the rest of the Labour caucus now respond. Some of them are already facing threats of deselection and things are not helped by the predicted disappearance of 35 Labour seats because of the Electoral Boundary Review currently underway.
And the party now has 515,000 members, well above the 150,000 the Conservatives have. Can Labour make this difference count?