Jeremy Bernard Corbyn (/ˈkɔːrbɪn/; born 26 May 1949) is a British politician who is the Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Islington North since 1983 and was elected Labour Leader in 2015. Ideologically, he identifies as a democratic socialist - wikipedia
Jeremy Corbyn speaking outside parliament about Bahrain - wikimedia
Born in Chippenham, Wiltshire, Corbyn attended Adams' Grammar School and later North London Polytechnic, though he did not complete his degree.
Before entering politics he worked as a representative for various trade unions. His political career began when he was elected to Haringey Council in 1974; later he became secretary of the Islington Constituency Labour Party (CLP). He continued in both roles until he entered the House of Commons as an MP.
YOUTUBE b7kPgkuTNec YOUTUBE haHRw_Q1iDo Jeremy Corbyn in Finsbury Park. The Conservatives completed their leadership contest in a matter of days - Labour's has barely begun. There are now two candidates standing against Jeremy Corbyn - Angela Eagle and Owen Smith - but the Labour Leader has told us that the rules which exclude recently signed up members from voting in the contest are unfair - and he wants the party's national executive to change them.
Corbyn has received awards for his work as an international human rights campaigner. As a backbench MP he was known for his activism and rebelliousness, frequently voting against the Labour whip when the party was in government under centrist New Labour leaders Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. As Labour Leader, Corbyn advocates a platform of reversing austerity cuts to public services and welfare funding made since 2010, and proposes renationalisation of public utilities and the railways. A longstanding anti-war and anti-nuclear activist, Corbyn supports a foreign policy of military non-interventionism and unilateral nuclear disarmament. Corbyn is a member of Amnesty International, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. He was the national chair of the Stop the War Coalition from June 2011 until September 2015. He was a member of the Socialist Campaign Group until his election as leader of the Labour Party.
After Labour's defeat in the 2015 general election and the resignation of Ed Miliband, Corbyn announced his candidacy for the leadership of the Labour Party on 6 June 2015. Although he was regarded as a fringe hopeful in the leadership election—having only just secured 35 nominations from fellow Labour MPs to be placed on the ballot—Corbyn quickly emerged as the leading candidate in opinion polls and secured the support of the majority of trade unions affiliated to the Labour Party. He was elected Leader of the Labour Party on 12 September 2015, with an overwhelming vote of 59.5% in the first round of the ballot.
In June 2016, in the wake of the "leave" vote in the EU referendum, Labour MPs passed a vote of no confidence in Corbyn by 172 votes to 40 following the resignation of around two-thirds of Corbyn's Shadow Cabinet. This challenge led to the Labour Party (UK) leadership election, 2016, with voting to be concluded on 21 September 2016.