Jeremy Corbyn Equality mug
These words come from Jeremy Corbyn’s victory speech when he was voted in as Labour leader on 11th September, 2015, following Ed Milliband's resignation, receiving the backing of 250,000 supporters for his ‘anti-austerity’ platform, giving him “the largest mandate ever won by a party leader”.
When Prime Minister Theresa May called a general election in April 2017 to take place in June of that year, with the intention of increasing her slender majority, Labour was trailing the Conservatives by up to 25 points in the opinion polls. By the time of the election Labour had increased its share of the popular vote to 40%, resulting in a gain of 32 seats, whilst the Conservatives lost their majority. Corbyn was re-elected MP for Islington North in that election with allegedly the largest vote in the borough’s history.
He describes himself as a ‘democratic socialist’ and advocates the re-nationalisation of public utilities, the abolition of university tuition fees, and is personally in favour of unilateral nuclear disarmament (although the Labour Party has rejected this stance in its manifesto).