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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: Grande-Bretagne. Jeremy Corbyn élu à la tête du Parti travailliste

by FABRICE SAVEL AVEC AFP

Great Britain: Jeremy Corbyn elected as leader of the Labour Party

Translated Thursday 24 September 2015, by Rosalind Sanders

Jeremy Corbyn, who represents the left wing of Labour, was elected as the leader of the British Labour Party on Saturday.

The 66-year-old MP, who until a few months ago was still relatively unknown, established himself with an anti-austerity policy that strongly contrasts with the centrist principle of former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s “New Labour”. “I would like to start by thanking everyone who took part in this democratic election” declared the new leader of the Labour Party in his victory speech. Voting was open to roughly 600,000 party members, registered supporters and affiliated supporters. Jeremy Corbyn won 59.5% of the vote, which represents 251,417 votes. He was warmly congratulated when the results were announced, even by some of his adversaries.

Jeremy Corbyn, who succeeds Ed Miliband, who was destroyed in the last general election in May, was opposed by three candidates: Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham who were seen as followers of Miliband, and ‘Blairite’ Liz Kendall. He has promised to increase public spending by increasing the money supply and by renationalising large sections of the British economy. After his election, Jeremy Corbyn, who won the leadership of the largest British opposition party by a landslide, called for “a better and fairer society” on Saturday. The campaign “showed that our party and our movement, which is passionate, democratic, and diverse, was united and resolutely determined in our fight for a better and fairer society for everyone” said Jeremy Corbyn in London.

Reactions:

Jean-Christophe Cambadélis: “Welcome Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson (the new deputy leader of the Labour Party) to the social-democratic pack which must stand up to the mob of European conservatives.”

Pierre Laurent, National Secretary of the French Communist Party: “It shows that the wheels of history are turning. The fact that this has happened in this country, and this party, which has presented Blairism as the new model of social democracy… well now, things have come full circle.”

Eric Coquerel, coordinator of the Left Party: “The return of the true left to the country of Thatcher and Blair shows that there is hope for its French counterpart to do the same, and win in the end.”

Syriza: The election of Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party is “a message of hope”.


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