Re-elected British Labour leader Corbyn thanks supporters

This 24 September 2016 video from Britain is called Jeremy Corbyn interviewed by Channel 4 following second victory.

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.

This was only possible because 285 constituency Labour parties nominated me and a number of unions gave incredible support.

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.

GREEN Party leaders welcomed Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election as Labour leader yesterday and called for a “progressive alliance”: here.

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.”

Owen Smith’s leadership bid has been a cringe-fest from start to finish, says STEVE SWEENEY: here.

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.

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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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