As expected, Jeremy Corbyn is the new leader of the Labour party. If you’ve been reading the press recently, you’ll know this is the start of the total annihilation of the Labour party. Internal opposition to his leadership from the party’s MPs will tear it apart. And if it somehow limps to the election with a hard-left programme, it will be destroyed at the ballot box. But things might not be that simple.
Firstly, Saturday’s overwhelming result will dampen any Labour effort to oust Corbyn in the short term. His mandate is simply too strong. He won in all three constituencies – members, trade unions and £3 supporters. He didn’t just beat the 50% threshold on first preference votes, he trampled all over it. Corbyn won 59% support on a 76.3% turnout. The only negative was that he didn’t win first preference votes in the first stage among members –but it was 49%, so one imagines he’ll live with it.
Corbyn quickly reached out across the party. He had clearly spoken with Ed Miliband onRead More »from Why Jeremy Corbyn will do better than you expect