At a Labour special conference where the results of the leadership election and the deputy leadership election are announced, Jeremy Corbyn was announced the new Labour leader.
Not by a small margin, but by a colossal victory which reflects the shift in the public opinion of new Labour. The new Labour leader won by 59.5 per cent of the vote, whilst fellow contenders Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper took only 19 and 17 per cent, respectively.
The new Labour deputy is Tom Watson who said “this has never been a Conservative country”.
In his victory speech, Corbyn said:
“During this amazing 3 months [of the campaign], our party has changed; we’ve grown enormously because of the hopes of so many ordinary people for a different Britain, a better Britain, a more equal Britain, and a more decent Britain. They [the people] are fed up with the inequality, the injustice, the unnecessary poverty”, he added.
“So I say to all the members, Welcome! Welcome to our party, Welcome to our movement” Corbyn said.
Corbyn is basking in a stunning first-round victory that is even bigger than the mandate for Tony Blair in 1994. The “Blairite” candidate Liz Kendall came last on 4.5%.
The north London MP is one of the most unexpected winners of the party leadership in its history, after persuading Labour members and supporters that the party needed to draw a line under the New Labour era of Blair and Gordon Brown. Corbyn is now working on put together a shadow cabinet and frontbench team. He has said he wants to make it “as inclusive as possible”, but some of the party’s most high-profile figures have said they will not serve under him.
The first MP to stand down over Jeremy Corbyn tweeted his resignation before the new Labour leader had even finished his victory speech.
Shadow health minister Jamie Reed resigned from the front bench at 11.43am; a minute after Corbyn’s victory was formally announced.
Many suspect he is not the last to leave. Tweet us @TheNubianTimes or comment your thoughts below on Corbyn’s victory and what it means for British politics.