By Jeremy Corbyn:
We’ve done so much, but there’s much more to do
Sunday 25th September 2015
JEREMY CORBYN sends his thanks to all of you for a second leadership victory
THANK YOU to the Morning Star and its readers for being able to properly report on the dramatic events in the Labour Party since May 2015.
Our leadership campaign last year was about Labour offering an anti-austerity alternative to the Tories and to halt the abusive language towards the welfare state by the mainstream media in Britain.
During the past year John McDonnell has brilliantly changed the whole debate on the economy. Our opposition to Tory attacks on the welfare state is now total, just as our opposition to their return to selection in education is complete.
A year ago I promised an apology on behalf of the Labour Party for the Iraq war and that I gave on the day Sir John Chilcot’s report was published.
I am determined that Labour will have an international and defence policy based on human rights, justice and equality around the world.
I want to thank everyone for their incredible support during the second leadership campaign which we launched at the end of July.
Our brilliant volunteers all over the country come from every community and totalled over 40,000 people.
Together they made over 400,000 phone calls as well as mailing every one of the 650,000 people eligible to vote in the election.
We held almost 60 campaign events around the country including enormous open-air rallies in most major cities, the biggest attracting 10,000 in Liverpool.
Astonishingly 3,000 people were in attendance on the seafront in Ramsgate. This was a campaign funded by small donations and union support with the average donation being £16.
The result we have achieved is an astonishing endorsement of radical politics in Britain and has resulted in a huge increase in Labour membership to 561,000 and an enormous level of activity, particularly among young people coming into politics for the first time.
This whole process is a rejection of the neoliberal economics of the past 40 years that seeks to cascade debt from one generation to the next and roll back the state’s role in provision of health, housing and other areas.
Our campaign is mirrored by political movements all over the world including in Europe and the United States.
This is an opportunity for the labour movement to rely on the principles of unity and solidarity, socialism and peace to be built into a coherent electoral platform to defeat the Tories at the next election.
However we don’t need to wait for the next election, there are campaigns to run now starting next Saturday with a huge campaign to drive the Tories back from their plan to bring back the 11-plus just as we drove back their proposal to rob vulnerable people of their personal independence payments.
I say to everyone in the labour movement from MPs to those that have just joined the party — band together for a future that means justice and equality, not homelessness and poverty while the very rich stash their money in tax havens.
It’s not just bread we want but roses too so that the imaginations and cultural ambitions of everyone can be released. By standing together and opposing racism and inequality our communities are made stronger.
Thank you Morning Star for all your support.
Jeremy Corbyn is MP for Islington North and still leader of the Labour Party.
This 24 September 2016 video from Britain is called Momentum react to Corbyn’s leadership victory.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Loud cheers and cheeky miners in Hebden Bridge
Sunday 25th September 2016
THERE was stamping, cheering and applause at the Trades Club at Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire yesterday when the result was broadcast on the club’s cinema screen.
Among the crowd were Momentum supporters Barnaby and Bridgette Neal, with their children Cadmus, 10, and Marlowe, 21 month.
Bridgette said: “I’m delighted we have won. It would have been nicer if all those people who were not allowed to vote had been able to. It would have been an even bigger percentage for Jeremy.”
Ex-miner John Dunn [suspended from Labour membership for asking Blairite leadership candidate Owen Smith a critical question], one of the tens of thousands of Labour members suspended from the party and denied a vote, said he finally won his vote back — by contacting Owen Smith’s campaign office.
“I was suspended for something on Twitter — I’ve no idea what. I wrote to Ian McNicol by registered letter and didn’t get a reply.
“So, as a bit of mischief, I wrote to Owen Smith’s campaign. They contacted me a few days before the election deadline asking if I’d got my vote back. I said no. The next day I got my vote back. I don’t know how they did it. Anyway I then voted for Jeremy.”
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Rayner: women must never stop fighting inequality
Sunday 25th September 2016
ANGELA RAYNER said women could “never give up or stop fighting” inequality between the sexes yesterday as she addressed Labour women’s conference.
The shadow education secretary said today’s female MPs stood “on the shoulders of giants” who “blazed the trail for us in Parliament,” but warned that injustice and misogyny had not been defeated.
“That same misogyny now rears its ugly head on social media,” Ms Rayner stormed, referring to the vile abuse heaped on women online.
“It is awful, hate-filled and cannot be tolerated … these trolls want women to be seen and not heard, to keep quiet and know our place.”
She noted that Britain now had its second female prime minister in Theresa May — but that conference delegates would not be fooled by “her one-nation spin and all her empty rhetoric about a meritocracy.
“She has been at the heart of a failing Tory government for the past six years.”
And Ms Rayner asked the party to “come together and move forward” following the “historic victory” in which Jeremy Corbyn was overwhelmingly elected leader a second time.
The plotters thought they could grind us down what a shock we gave them. This summer’s Labour leadership election is different from the last. Despite all the smears, we are more determined than ever before, says CHELLEY RYAN: here.
DIANE ABBOTT writes on how we can now build the momentum for a Labour victory with Jeremy Corbyn: here.
GREG DASH is appalled by the behaviour of some MPs who have been making patently untrue claims in their desperation to undermine Corbyn: here.
The Parliamentary Labour Party needs to understand that Labour members are desperate to get fighting the Tories, not each other, writes BERNADETTE HORTON: here.
SELF-PROCLAIMED “moderate” Labour members held a fringe rally yesterday to protest against Jeremy Corbyn winning another leadership election, despite its own claims that rallies do not win elections. Despite shunning supporters of Mr Corbyn as “a protest group,” right-wing faction Labour First hosted MPs — including Hilary Benn, Angela Eagle, Yvette Cooper and Ruth Smeeth — who spoke of the need for a “fight” to regain control after his victory: here.