UK: Jeremy Corbyn reelected as Leader of the Labour Party

The controversial Leader of the British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, who has been widely criticized for his conduct in the past, was reelected today, winning 61% of the votes to a disappointing 38% of his rival Owen Smith.
Jeremy Corbyn. Archives Photo Credit: Reuters / Channel 2 News

Following a charged and emotional election campaign, the official results of the elections for the leadership of the British Labour Party were announced today (Saturday). Jeremy Corbyn, who has been widely criticized for his conduct in the past, won 61.8% of the votes against rival Owen Smith, who received only 38.2% of the votes. “I want to thank the more than 300,000 supporters who’ve given me their support and trust in this Labour leadership election,” Corbyn stated after the victory.

During his election campaign, Corbyn promised to get the party out of the political crisis it found itself in in recent months after losing many representatives in municipal elections. The anti-Semitic incidents that were linked to the party, as a result of which dozens of its members were suspended, also severely harmed its image.

The battle for the leadership of the Labour Party started on the wrong foot for Corbyn, who lost a vote of no confidence in the party two months ago. Only 40 party members voted in support of Corbyn as leader of the party, while 172 voted against him. According to his party members, Corbyn was responsible for the loss of the UK referendum to leave the EU after leading a “boring and gray” campaign.

Linked with extremist organizations. Corbyn Photo Credit: Reuters / Channel 2 News

Two months ago, it was revealed that Corbyn was in contact with an extreme left-wing organization, the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC), which was accused of anti-Semitism, pro-Islamism and holocaust denying. Corbyn had been in contact with the organization in order to raise support for himself among the ranks of the Muslim population.

A year ago, Corbyn was elected as Leader of the Labour Party by a great majority despite having referred to Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends” in the past. At the height of the race for the head of the party, Corbyn admitted in an article that he may have donated money to an organization that denies the holocaust. Corbyn also admitted that he attended two or three events organized by Paul Eisen, a self-proclaimed holocaust denier.

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