Pushed by a high youth turnout, the Labour leader’s 12.8 million votes is also more than Blair managed in 2005. Quite a turnaround for a man some 20 points behind in the polls when the election campaign started and who faced predictions of political Armageddon for himself and his party. MORE: Will Boris Johnson be the next PM?
Wilson, Callaghan, Healey, Benn, Castle, Jenkins, Foot, Crosland. If the party was notorious for its divisions, it is only because its giants were divided - many with their own vision for the country, its economy and society, each clearly articulated but together too often conflicting. History shall not record the precise contributions to national life of Stephen Byers and Patricia Hewitt, while Geoff Hoon might be grateful to history if it decides to forget his tenure as Defence Secretary.
There are many reasons Jeremy Corbyn will win the Labour leadership contest later this week. The huge influx of new left-leaning members and the weakness of his rival candidate, both mean that he should be comfortably re-elected as Labour leader on Saturday. This can be seen most clearly in the controversy today over plans by Momentum to set up a network of children’s groups for Labour activists and their children under the name “Momentum Kids”.