16 thoughts on “Re-elected British Labour leader Corbyn thanks supporters

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  2. Monday 26th
    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    by Our News Desk

    SCOTTISH Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said yesterday she was “consistent and very clear” that the party could win the next general election under Jeremy Corbyn.

    This is despite Ms Dugdale having previously said the left-winger could not appeal to enough voters to take them back into government.

    Ms Dugdale insisted Labour could defeat the Conservatives in 2020 if it was a “unified fighting force,” and pledged to work with the newly re-elected Labour leader to work towards that.

    But she stressed that Mr Corbyn “had to want to unite the Labour Party” after a split between MPs and grassroots members sparked a divisive leadership contest.

    During that campaign, Ms Dugdale publicly endorsed Mr Corbyn’s challenger, Welsh MP Owen Smith, writing in a newspaper column in August: “I don’t think Jeremy can unite our party and lead us into government.

    “He cannot appeal to a broad enough section of voters to win an election.”

    After the veteran leftwinger was reinstalled as leader, Ms Dugdale said her party had to focus on the “hard business” of uniting behind Mr Corbyn.

    Speaking from the Labour conference in Liverpool, Ms Dugdale stressed: “The job of unifying this party continues because only a united party can win an election.

    “I believe the Labour Party can win a general election as a united fighting force, taking on the Tories.

    “That’s what I’m going to spend every single day aspiring to do and I’m going to work with Jeremy Corbyn to do that.”



  3. Monday 26th September 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Editorial

    LABOUR is right to defer discussion over whether to return to shadow cabinet elections by MPs until a November 22 national executive committee away-day session.

    Apart from providing extra time to mull over the pros and cons, it allows a clearer position to emerge of backbenchers’ responses to Jeremy Corbyn’s resounding re-election.

    By then it should be possible to judge whether the vast majority respect party democracy and are disassociating themselves from the Blairite minority that prefers Tory success over Labour victory from a left perspective.

    Tony Blair said during last year’s leadership contest that “even if I thought it was the route to victory, I wouldn’t take it.”

    His diehard backers in the Parliamentary Labour Party, while fighting shy of description as “Blairites,” declared war on the democratic socialist approach espoused by Corbyn, branding it a surefire loser and pointing for justification to negative opinion polls.

    They persuaded most Labour MPs to back a no-confidence motion in the leader, expecting him to fold in the face of the scale of the rebellion, and precipitated a leadership election they could not win.

    Blair’s long-time deputy John Prescott, who was loyal to him in office but opposes his sniping campaign against the elected leader, pointed out to Andrew Marr that Corbyn’s resignation was “never going to happen.”

    He also burst former leader Neil Kinnock’s media-created credibility bubble by recalling that he lost two general elections and contributed to two others that failed.

    Media-inspired declarations that ideas to the left of the pre-Corbyn cosy Westminster consensus are guaranteed vote losers ignore the fact that Labour was defeated in the last two general elections on New Labour-ish acceptance of Tory-Liberal Democrat capitalist austerity positions.

    Every Labour canvasser can recall hearing on the doorstep that the parties were indistinguishable and doing nothing for the working class.

    That realisation led Owen Smith to brand himself a leftwinger in Corbyn’s image but with new added magic ingredients of competence and electability, but members saw through this ploy.

    The decision for Smith and all Labour MPs who asserted no confidence in Corbyn is what they do now.

    Some have already responded to discussion, pledging to act in the way those who elected them would have expected of them, including service on the front bench if offered a post.

    Others will see the logic of doing so, uniting the PLP and working with Labour outside Parliament to take on the hard-right policies of Theresa May’s Tories and building on the defeats Corbyn’s team has already inflicted on the government.

    They understand that “divided parties lose elections” is a truism backed by a welter of empirical evidence.

    MPs will continue to have policy differences and can air them as part of Labour’s discussion forums, as Labour First supporters did at their fringe. But there must be an end to the procession of “look at me” prima donnas strutting through media studios to bare their souls and pronounce the party leader “useless.”
    The main problem could come from MPs who pay lip service to the need for unity but make speeches that can only be read as threatening an ongoing sabotage campaign.

    Speeches by Chuka Umunna on patriotism, Yvette Cooper on online abuse and Heidi Alexander on fighting to make Labour electable come into this category.

    The unspoken subtext is that Labour under Corbyn is unpatriotic, soft on online abuse and unelectable — unfounded allegations that benefit only the Tories.

    Labour’s swiftly growing membership has every right and responsibility to question MPs who wage a rearguard action against the party’s firmly decided direction.



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