| Jeremy Corbyn |
Jeremy Bernard Corbyn|
26 May 1949
Chippenham, Wiltshire, England
|Alma mater||University of North London|
|Interest of||W. Stephen Gilbert|
Jeremy Corbyn has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Islington North since 1983 and became Leader of the Labour Party in September 2015. Corbyn convincingly won the contest for leadership of the party with nearly 60% of the votes on an anti-austerity, pro-peace platform and has been subject to a barrage of criticism by the commercially-controlled media, applying labels such as "looney left", "ultra-radical" and "unelectable", the Daily Mail terming his shadow cabinet a "ragbag team of C-listers". He is a socialist and a strong anti-poverty advocate. Tony Blair's 2017 multi-million pound donation highlighted the fact that efforts were still ongoing to remove him from his labour leadership position, a pattern which goes back as far as his first becoming Labour leader in 2015.
- "From the smallest branch right up to the leader’s office, our whole party must focus on the challenges and opportunities ahead for us in our journey to fundamentally transform this country in the interests of the people of this country. That next stage is May’s local elections. To win, we need unity not navel gazing. My plea to all Labour party members, whether grassroots or in senior positions, is think of our people first, think of our movement first, think of the party first.”
In the snap 2017 General Election, Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party finished as the second largest party in Parliament with 262 seats. Its share of the popular vote increased to 40%, resulting in a gain of 32 seats and leaving Theresa May's Tories without an overall majority. Labour's 9.6% vote swing was its largest since the 1945 General Election.
Jeremy Corbyn attended Adams' Grammar School in Newport, Shropshire. He and his elder brother Piers Corbyn are the sons of David B. Corbyn, an expert in power rectifiers. For many years Corbyn lived in Haringey but moved to Finsbury Park in London with his three sons. In 1999 he divorced after his wife refused to send their son to a local inner-city school. Corbyn opposes the segregation of children at such a young age. However, Corbyn has stated he 'gets on very well' with his ex-wife. He also stated 'Well, I’ve got three boys and love them dearly and we get along great'
In a 2014 interview, he described himself as 'parsimonious' and stated 'Well, I don’t spend a lot of money, I lead a very normal life, I ride a bicycle and I don’t have a car'. From 7 May until 31 August 2010, Corbyn was the lowest expenses-claimer in the House of Commons. He told the Islington Gazette 'I am a parsimonious MP. I think we should claim what we need to run our offices and pay our staff but be careful because it’s obviously public money. In a year, rent for the office Durham Road, Finsbury Park, is about £12,000 to £14,000' He rents his constituency office from the Ethical Property Company.
Before his election to Parliament, Jeremy Corbyn was an elected councillor in the London Borough of Haringey (1974–83). He was also a full-time organiser for National Union of Public Employees (NUPE) and served on a health authority. He is considered one of the more left-wing of Labour MPs and is member of the Socialist Campaign Group. He has a weekly column in the Morning Star. A long-time supporter of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), he is one of its three Vice-Chairs. He is on the London Regional Select Committee.
He voted against introducing university tuition fees in England, and voted against their increase. He was opposed to academies and private finance initiatives. He supports renationalisation of railways and a higher minimum wage. He supports a higher rate of tax for the wealthiest and an increased corporate tax rate to fund public services.
Stop the War
Jeremy Corbyn was fiercely opposed to the Iraq War and has spoken at many anti-war rallies in Britain and overseas. He is an elected member of the Stop the War Coalition (StWC) steering committee. On 31 October 2006, Corbyn was one of 12 Labour MPs to back Plaid Cymru and the Scottish National Party's call for an inquiry into the war.
Tony Blair should stand trial on charges of war crimes if the evidence suggests he broke international law over the “illegal” Iraq war in 2003, the Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn said on 5 August 2015. He called on the former prime minister to “confess” the understandings he reached with George W Bush in the run up to the invasion. Asked on BBC Newsnight whether Blair should stand trial on war crimes charges, Corbyn said:
- “If he has committed a war crime, yes. Everybody who has committed a war crime should be. It was an illegal war. I am confident about that. Indeed UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan confirmed it was an illegal war and therefore Tony Blair has to explain to that. Is he going to be tried for it? I don’t know. Could he be tried for it? Possibly. The Chilcot report is going to come out sometime. I hope it comes out soon. I think there are some decisions Tony Blair has got to confess or tell us what actually happened. What happened in Crawford, Texas, in 2002 in his private meetings with George W Bush. Why has the Chilcot report still not come out because – apparently there is still debate about the release of information on one side or the other of the Atlantic. At that point Tony Blair and the others that have made the decisions are then going to have to deal with the consequences of it.”
On 17 August 2015, StWC reported that a future Labour government under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn would almost certainly reinstate the law on United Kingdom Universal Jurisdiction that was quietly amended by the previous Cameron government in order to facilitate the entry into Britain of Israeli politicians and military personnel without fear of arrest for alleged war crimes. That contentious action was taken by the then Foreign Secretary, William Hague, in order to accede to the demands of Binyamin Netanyahu and the government of Israel, and against the opposition of UK human rights groups.
Speaking on BBC2 Newsnight on 11 December 2015, former Labour leader Ed Miliband addressed the debate over Jeremy Corbyn’s association with the Stop the War Coalition saying that winning the next General Election should be the party’s focus:
- “He's got a long-standing association with this organisation, he's got a long-standing opposition to different types of intervention. He spoke on this in the Syria debate. I think our party's focus should be on taking the fight to the Tories and working out the ideas that are going to win us the next General Election, not Jeremy Corbyn's political engagements."
He was a well-known campaigner against Apartheid in South Africa. In 1984, he was arrested for protesting outside South Africa House in London. He served on the National Executive of the Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM). He also campaigns against Apartheid in Israel. 
He is a long-standing supporter of a United Ireland, inviting Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams to London in 1984. He is a prominent Amnesty International member. He campaigned for the trial of the late former Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet.
Jeremy Corbyn announced in December 2006 that he was considering running for the Labour party deputy leadership to provide an anti-war candidate but later changed his mind.
Corbyn has been a long-time campaigner on animal rights issues. He was one of the signatories to Tony Banks' "Pigeon Bombs" Early Day Motion and in 2015 signed a motion calling for a ban on the importation of foie gras into the United Kingdom and was a sponsor of a motion opposing the Yulin Dog Meat Festival.
He has campaigned against the Gaza–Israel conflict and promotes the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. He is also a Venezuelan solidarity activist and has advocated for the rights of the forcibly-removed Chagossians to return to the British Indian Ocean Territory.
In early 2013, Corbyn co-signed a letter which was published in The Guardian newspaper that indicated his support for the anti-austerity People's Assembly movement. He has been a sponsor of the March for Homes.
In 2013, Corbyn attended a conference in London, organised by the Argentine Foreign Ministry, calling for dialogue between the UK and Argentine governments on the question of Falkland Islands sovereignty.
In 2013, Corbyn an advocate for dalit rights, told The Indian Express newspaper that caste prejudice was "exported to the UK through the Indian Diaspora. The same attitudes of superiority, pollution and separateness appear to be present in South Asian communities now settled in the UK".
Political and community organisations
Jeremy Corbyn is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Committee (APPC) on the Chagos Islands, Chair of the APPC on Mexico, Vice-Chair of the APPC on Latin America and Vice-Chair of the Human Rights APPC. He is also a Member of the Bolivia, Britain-Palestine, Great Lakes, Dalits, Cycling, International Parliamentary Union and Traveller Law Reform groups. He is a patron of Centre 404, a service for those with educational disabilities, Islington Music Forum, Refugee Therapy Centre and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. He is also Chair of Dalit Solidarity Campaign and Liberation the anti-racism and anti-imperialism organisation. He is the joint president of the Islington Pensioners Forum. He is a trustee of Socialist Campaign Group, Hanley Crouch Community Association and the Highbury Vale and Blackstock Trust.
A member of a number of union groups in Parliament, Corbyn is sponsored by several trade unions, such as Unison, National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers and Unite, and is a committed anti-fascist having spoken at the Unite Against Fascism and Barking and Dagenham TUC anti-British National Party rally in December 2001 and also speaking at the organisations annual conference in 2007 attacking the record of the media and calling for a No Platform of the BNP.
In August 2017, Jeremy Corbyn said he is saddened by the violence and loss of life in Venezuela, "either of those on the streets or of the security forces who have been attacked by those on the streets. Violence is not going to solve the issues," Corbyn told the BBC and other media, at the end of a local party meeting in the southern English town of Crawley. He said there has to be dialogue and a process that respects Venezuela's institutions, including the independence of the judiciary. He welcomed the backing for dialogue given by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, and suggested this could become a regional initiative.
Corbyn had been under intense pressure to distance himself from the Bolivarian government, with which he has often expressed solidarity in the past. Members of Parliament on the right of his own party, as well as leaders from other British parties, have all demanded that the Labour leader condemn what they call "the regime" of President Nicolás Maduro. This pressure came after opinion polls in mid-July gave Corbyn approval ratings 11 points higher than the British prime minister, Theresa May, and made him the only leader of a major British party with a positive approval score. Before his unexpectedly strong showing in the June general election, Corbyn was repeatedly attacked over his past support for Irish nationalists or the Palestinians.
Corbyn's comments in Crawley were his first response to the latest demands after returning from vacation. He said it was important to recognise "that there have been effective and serious attempts at reducing poverty in Venezuela, improving literacy and improving the lives of many of the poorest people." When asked if he regretted giving his support to Maduro when he came to power, Corbyn answered:
- "I gave the support of many people around the world for the principle of a government that was dedicated towards reducing inequality and improving the life chances of the poorest people."
Vince Cable, the leader of the centrist Liberal Democrats, who lost many of their seats in Parliament in June's elections, responded to Corbyn's remarks with another attack:
- “The whole idea that Hugo Chávez and his successor could serve as a dry-run for government in the U.K. is absolutely horrifying. The leadership of the Labour party must make it abundantly clear that they have ended their infatuation with the Venezuelan regime.”
Jeremy Corbyn has a long history of supporting popular struggles in Latin America, going back to the aftermath of the coup against Salvador Allende in Chile and his participation in labor movement delegations to Central America in the 1980s.
Since 2005 Jeremy Corbyn has defied the whip 238 times (25% of the time), making him one of the most rebellious Labour MPs, only matched by Kate Hoey. He was one of 16 signatories of an open letter to Ed Miliband in January 2015 calling on the party to commit to oppose further austerity, take rail franchises back into public ownership and strengthen collective bargaining arrangements.
On 18 November 2015, Oliver Tickell editor of The Ecologist magazine claimed that right-wing Labour MPs – backed by the corporate media – had launched a full-scale coup against Jeremy Corbyn to discredit him so utterly that even his own supporters turn against him and elect a new 'heir to Blair' leader.
Having given Labour MPs a free vote, Jeremy Corbyn opened the debate on 2 December 2015 in the House of Commons opposing David Cameron's motion to extend from Iraq to Syria Britain's bombing of Islamic State. After a 10-hour debate Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn spoke in support of the government's motion which was approved by 397 votes to 223.
On 3 December 2015, confounding the chorus of critics in the media and on the Blairite wing of the party who had been talking up the chances of UKIP's winning the Oldham byelection (caused by the death of Corbyn supporter Michael Meacher), Jeremy Corbyn hailed Jim McMahon's victory as a "vote of confidence" with Labour’s share up 7.5% to 62.3%.
Jewish activist Tony Greenstein predicted these solid results would give Corbyn only a temporary reprieve because far-right Labour MP John Mann, the Blairite Progress group and the Zionists were doing "their best to destroy Labour’s election performance."
On 3 June 2015, BBC News Online reported that Corbyn was a candidate in the contest to become the next Leader of the Labour Party following Ed Miliband’s resignation. The BBC report quoted Corbyn as telling the Islington Tribune that he would stand on a "clear anti-austerity platform". Corbyn added: "This decision to stand is in response to an overwhelming call by Labour Party members who want to see a broader range of candidates and a thorough debate about the future of the party. I am standing to give Labour Party members a voice in this debate". He achieved the 35th nomination required to be present on the ballot just before the noon deadline on 15 June 2015.
On 24 June 2016, after the decisive brexit vote in the EU Referendum, two Labour MPs Dame Margaret Hodge and Ann Coffey submitted a motion of no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell quickly dismissed the move, saying he had a mandate to lead the party and predicted even if they forced a fresh leadership election, the party members and supporters would again back Corbyn. An online petition on the 38 Degrees website calling for "a vote of confidence in Jeremy Corbyn", however, attracted over 100,000 signatures within a few hours.
On 11 July 2016, Iain McNicol, general secretary of the Labour Party, announced that another leadership contest would be held after Wallasey MP Angela Eagle obtained the necessary number of nominations. However, Ms Eagle withdrew from the race a week later in order to back Owen Smith as a "unity candidate" to take on the incumbent 67-year-old Mr Corbyn.
Jeremy Corbyn launched his successful campaign for re-election as Labour leader on 21 July 2016, the same day as his biographer, W Stephen Gilbert, published a 6000-word essay entitled "The Origins of Labour’s Civil War", which concluded that "The greatest difficulty that the anti-Corbyn MPs, the media and the Tories all share is a fact that they simply cannot stomach: Jeremy Corbyn is the most popular politician in Britain."
On 26 July 2016, Labour donor and former prospective parliamentary candidate Michael Foster brought a legal action against Iain McNicol, challenging the NEC's decision of 12 July 2016 that the incumbent leader is automatically included in the contest. NEC members had wrestled with legal advice for six hours over whether Mr Corbyn would need to secure the support of 20% of Labour MPs and MEPs (51 nominations) but voted 18-14 that he should automatically be on the leadership ballot.
Jeremy Corbyn requested to be added to the proceedings as second defendant in the High Court case, when Foster sought to reverse this decision by the NEC. In a three-page Judgment on 28 July 2016, Mr Justice Foskett concluded that the decision of the NEC was correct and that Mr Corbyn was entitled to be a candidate in the forthcoming election without the need for nominations. Jeremy Corbyn said:
- "I welcome the decision by the High Court to respect the democracy of the Labour party. This has been a waste of time and resources when our party should be focused on holding the government to account.
- "There should have been no question of the right of half a million Labour party members to choose their own leader being overturned. If anything, the aim should be to expand the number of voters in this election.
- "I hope all candidates and supporters will reject any attempt to prolong this process, and that we can now proceed with the election in a comradely and respectful manner."
On 12 September 2016, Corbyn's parliamentary seat, Islington North, was abolished by The Boundary Commission.
Interviewed on the BBC's "Andrew Marr Show" on 8 November 2015, General Sir Nicholas Houghton said he would be worried by any prospect of the Labour leader’s views being “translated into power” because Jeremy Corbyn has said he would never be willing to approve the use of nuclear weapons. Corbyn’s stance defeated the point of having a nuclear deterrent, Houghton said. Responding to the interview, Corbyn said:
- “It is a matter of serious concern that the Chief of the Defence Staff has today intervened directly in issues of political dispute. It is essential in a democracy that the military remains politically neutral at all times. By publicly taking sides in current political arguments, Sir Nicholas Houghton has clearly breached that constitutional principle. Accordingly, I am writing to the Defence Secretary (Michael Fallon) to ask him to take action to ensure that the neutrality of the armed forces is upheld.”
In January 2013, Corbyn was awarded the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative honour for his ongoing support for a number of non-government organisations and civil causes across the country.
Also in 2013, he was awarded the Gandhi International Peace Award.
|15 times when Jeremy Corbyn was on the right side of history||Article||29 July 2015||Paul Simpson||"The important thing is how we bring about peace, not posturing. You do not bring about peace in any part of the world without talking to people you don't agree with." (#SundayPolitics, 19 July 2015)|
|A Conundrum for Corbyn||article||12 July 2016||Conrad Sumer||Trident could be Corbyn's much more collegiate equivalent of Blair’s “Clause 4” moment, instead of facing off and bullying his party, he could bring them all together under the banner of nuclear reduction - and if he gets it right, he will almost certainly be the next Prime Minister.|
|Corbyn and the Jews||article||15 December 2016||Gilad Atzmon||Commentary on the February 2016 meeting between Jeremy Corbyn and the leadership of the Board of Deputies of British Jews|
|Corbyn fans should welcome this attempted coup, the Blairites are committing political suicide||article||26 June 2016||Kerry-anne Mendoza||In these uncertain days after the Brexit vote, when the Labour party needed to rally UK progressives to prevent a right-wing Brexit from the European Union – a small number of Labour MPs have instead chosen to mount a coup against leader Jeremy Corbyn. But Corbyn supporters should be ecstatic, because this opportunistic and ignorant move is an act of political suicide for the Blairites.|
|Dear Tom, about this Trotsky thing…..||article||11 August 2016||Jeff Goulding||Tom Watson, Corbyn’s deputy, has launched an astonishing and utterly ridiculous attack on his leader’s supporters. In it he claimed that “Trotskyists are twisting the arms of young Labour members”.|
|Did Corbyn leak the Labour GE2017 manifesto||Article||11 May 2017||SKWAWKBOX||Did Jeremy Corbyn or another member of Labour's senior leadership team leak the draft manifesto as a political masterstroke?|
|Election 2017: finally, a real choice for Britain's voters||Article||17 May 2017||Raoul Martinez||No wonder the billionaire-owned media are attacking Jeremy Corbyn with everything they've got. But we the people can still win.|
|Exclusive: I Can Reveal the Legal Advice on Drone Strikes, and How the Establishment Works||article||9 September 2015||Craig Murray||Craig Murray reveals how Sir Daniel Bethlehem continues to bring a Zionist perspective to any legal advice emanating from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office|
|Jeremy Corbyn’s Chatham House speech||Article||12 May 2017||The Spectator||"Weapons supplied to Saudi Arabia, when the evidence of grave breaches of humanitarian law in Yemen is overwhelming, must be halted immediately."|
|Jewish Money And The Labour Party||article||11 April 2016||Gilad Atzmon||The Labour party is evidently dependent on the shekel pipeline. The numbers reveal why Labour has been hijacked by Jewish interests. Whether or not we like it, our leading opposition party is a hostage begging for the mercy of few wealthy Jews.|
|Labour Built the Bomb||Article||10 July 2017||Bill Ramsay||The prompt for this short essay is not Labour's nuclear legacy: it is what took place in the UN General Assembly last Friday when the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty passed into international law.|
|Labour: The Way Ahead||article||31 July 2016||Paul Mason||If Jeremy Corbyn wins on 24 September 2016, we should say to his opponents inside the Parliamentary Labour Party: end the passive resistance. We have something that neither Brown nor Miliband ever had, and which Blairism lost ten years ago. A story that makes sense, a strategy that can win, an unprecedented mass membership; and a leader who, in the face of intense pressure, gets stronger.|
|Labour’s witch-hunt against Ken Livingstone||article||31 March 2017||Jonathan Cook||Labour's kangaroo court trying to justify suspending Ken Livingstone for stating the fact that Hitler supported Zionism|
|Manufacturing consent on ‘antisemitism’||article||20 October 2016||Tony Greenstein||Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party is the target throughout this ill-conceived, politically tendentious and risible Home Affairs Select Committee report entitled "Antisemitism in the UK". The presumption of innocence has been abandoned by lawyer Chuka Umunna and his Tory friends.|
|Margaret Hodge reflects on Jeremy Corbyn||interview||16 August 2016||Peter Hennessy||I know John McDonnell and Ken Livingstone. And I've known Jeremy Corbyn for 35 years when he first became the MP for Islington North and I was leader of Islington Council in local government. I know what they're about: they want the party to be a movement.|
|My Millbank||article||18 April 1996||Seumas Milne||Jeremy Corbyn's Strategy & Communications Director, Seumus Milne, gives a 20-year-old perspective to the current Labour Party leadership crisis|
|Rebranded revolutionaries: Mandela, Gaddafi and Corbyn||Article||4 September 2016||Dewi Asianab||The question of Lockerbie must be reframed. Can it be considered different to Mandela or the ANC’s attacks on Apartheid South Africa? Are either different to the efforts of the IRA? The end result is a loss of civilian life.|
|Shooting to kill Corbyn - the coup is on||Article||18 November 2015||Oliver Tickell||Published over six months before the attempted Corbyn coup actually started - prescient or what?|
|The American Jewish scholar behind Labour’s ‘antisemitism’ scandal breaks his silence||Interview||3 May 2016||Jamie Stern-Weiner|
|Norman G. Finkelstein is clear: "It’s time to put a stop to this periodic charade, because it ends up besmirching the victims of the Nazi holocaust, diverting from the real suffering of the Palestinian people, and poisoning relations between the Jewish and Muslim communities. You just had an antisemitism hysteria last year, and it was a farce. And now again? Another inquiry? Another investigation? No."|
|The Labour Party turns on the Israel Lobby||article||19 August 2015||Francis Carr Begbie||A useful analysis of the paranoia of the Jewish-dominated British Establishment and its media at the prospect of the Labour Party being led by someone who is not 'de-rigeur' subservient to the Israel Lobby|
|The Origins of Labour’s Civil War||Essay||21 July 2016||W. Stephen Gilbert||"The greatest difficulty that the anti-Corbyn MPs, the media and the Tories all share is a fact that they simply cannot stomach: Jeremy Corbyn is the most popular politician in Britain."|
|Theresa May pushing for UK intervention in Syria following Manchester attack||Article||25 May 2017||Whitney Webb||Jeremy Corbyn Says What We All Knew: The War On Terror Isn’t Working|
|Unfit for Labour||Interview||11 April 2016||Gilad Atzmon||Gilad Atzmon interviews Palestinian activist about Anti-semitism and her expulsion from the UK Labour Party.|
|Venezuela critics are just Blairites having a kick at Jeremy Corbyn||Interview||7 August 2017||George Galloway|
|For nineteen years the United States government and its secret agents have been trying to overthrow the Venezuela political process. Why might that be? Well, there are many reasons but the biggest among them has the smallest name: OIL.|
|Where we go from here - Britain after Brexit||Article||28 August 2016||Anthony Barnett||Analysis of the so-called "Brexit" referendum result and prognosis for the future of the UK by a "passionate European" who wants to "keep the European flame alive".|
|Why Isn’t Everyone In Favour of Taxing Financial Speculation?||report||19 April 2016||Robert Reich||Bernie Sanders wants to tax stock trades at a rate of 0.5 percent (a trade of $1,000 would cost $5), and bond trades at 0.1 percent. The tax would reduce incentives for high-speed trading, insider deal-making, and short-term financial betting. Sanders’ 0.5 percent tax could thereby finance public investments that enlarge the economic pie rather than merely rearrange its slices – like tuition-free public education.|
|Why, as an avowed Corbynista, I will consider *not* voting Labour on June 8||Article||6 May 2017||Daniel Margrain||I have never voted tactically in the past, but given Newmark’s dubious Zionist credentials, I propose to do so in the General Election on June 8th|
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