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2 September 2015
On the day he was elected leader of the Labour Party, 12 September 2015, Jeremy Corbyn spoke at the huge demonstration in London at which over 100,000 people expressed their solidarity with refugees. It was his first public appearance after he won the leadership vote.
Corbyn, they said, was an ‘extremist’. He -shock horror- did not like Trident nuclear weapons and nuclear war, like a proper politician should. He -shock horror- did not like starting another war, this time on Syria, like a proper politician should. He -shock horror- did not pander to racism and hatred of refugees, like a proper politician should. He -shock horror- did not support austerity and attacking poor people, like a proper politician should.
The Conservative party claimed that Corbyn being party leader made Labour unelectable, and would drive many traditional Labour voters to the supposedly ‘moderate’ Tories.
The Liberal Democratic party, badly beaten at the general election for breaking their promises and joining a coalition government with the Conservatives, claimed that Corbyn being party leader made Labour unelectable, and would drive many traditional Labour voters to them. In fact, Corbyn’s victory made some Liberal Democrats cross over to Labour.
Just after the terrorist murders in Paris, and the British government starting war on Syria, which they claimed was a good reaction to the Paris bloodshed. After a debate on starting another bloody war in which both Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and a Blairite right winger within Corbyn’s own Labour party had smeared Corbyn as supposedly a sympathizer with ISIS terrorism. Media pundits expected that Blairites obstructing Corbyn would make a bad impresssion, of a hopelessly divided party, on traditional Labour voters in Oldham West and Royton.
Well, what happened in Oldham West and Royton to the Conservative party predictions? Let us compare yesterday’s by-election with the general election results of earlier this year. The Conservative party vote went from 8,187 votes to 2,596 votes now. Their percentage went from 19% to 9%. 91% of voters apparently did not like David Cameron’s government.
What happened in Oldham West and Royton to the Liberal Democratic party predictions? Their party lost votes as well: from 1,589 to 1,024 votes. 3,7% of the vote. They lost their deposit.
Well, most pundits did not expect the main challenge to Labour in Oldham West and Royton would come from the Conservatives or the Liberal Democrats. They expected it would come from the xenophobic UKIP party. They expected that UKIP ‘Muslim=terrorist‘ rhetoric might seem more credible after the Paris atrocities. After all, the neo-nazi party BNP used to get more votes in Oldham West and Royton than nationally. The UKIP candidate attacked Corbyn and Labour for being ‘soft’ on terror; and on refugees. The only UKIP Member of Parliament voted for starting war on Syria. Like the Cameron government in Britain, and xenophobic politician Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, he loves wars, but hates the refugees from those wars. UKIP campaigned very actively to win this by-election.
The Independent is not the most right-wing daily in Britain. What did they expect about Labour and UKIP in Oldham West and Royton?
- Fears over migration and terrorism unsettle Labour voters
- Ukip candidate ‘poses a real threat’ to Labour
How did the UKIP ‘threat’ to Labour turn out in practice?
UKIP lost votes. From 8,892 to 6,487 votes.
Labour won the election. Though they lost votes too (as usually in a by-election). But their percentage of the vote rose from 54,8% for the late well-known Michael Meacher then to 62,1% for newbie Jim McMahon now. This victory surprised, eg, the BBC.
Will this stop the anti-Corbyn smear attacks? It should. But don’t bet on it.
POLLSTERS and politicians were left with egg on their faces yesterday after Labour stormed to victory in its first electoral test under Jeremy Corbyn. YouGov’s Peter Kellner, Ukip leader Nigel Farage and Labour rightwinger Simon Danczuk were among naysayers who predicted disaster for the party in Thursday’s Oldham West & Royton by-election. But their prophecies of doom were blown apart by a 7 per cent swing to Labour that left Ukip trailing by over 10,000: here.
SHADOW chancellor John McDonnell dismissed claims yesterday that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s position had been undermined by the vote to bomb Syria. He said that Mr Corbyn retains the support of the “overwhelming majority” of the Labour Party over his opposition to the air strikes: here.