| Jeremy Corbyn |
"I think we should adopt a maxim in life"
|Born||Jeremy Bernard Corbyn|
26 May 1949
Chippenham, Wiltshire, England
|Alma mater||University of North London|
|Spouse|| • Jane Chapman|
• Claudia Bracchitta
• Laura Alvarez
|Founder of||Peace and Justice Project|
|Member of||Belmarsh Tribunal|
|Victim of|| • Jewish Power|
|Interest of||W. Stephen Gilbert, Labour Against The Witchhunt|
Jeremy Corbyn (born 26 May 1949) is a British politician who was Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition from September 2015 to April 2020. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Islington North since the 1983 General Election.
In the UK/2017 General Election, the Labour Party increased its share of the vote to 40%, with Labour's 9.6% vote swing being its largest since the 1945 General Election. Under Corbyn, Labour achieved a net gain of 30 seats and a hung parliament, but Theresa May formed a minority government and the party remained in Opposition. Following the Labour Party's poor performance in the UK/2019 General Election, Jeremy Corbyn announced he would step down as Labour leader upon the election of a successor.
On 4 April 2020, Keir Starmer was elected as Leader of the Labour Party with Angela Rayner as his deputy. Jeremy Corbyn tweeted:
- "Congratulations @Keir Starmer and @Angela Rayner. Being Labour Party leader is a great honour and responsibility. I look forward to working with Keir and Angela to elect the next Labour government and transform our country."
Later in April 2020, an internal Labour Party report, entitled The work of the Labour Party's Governance and Legal Unit in relation to antisemitism, 2014–2019, was leaked to the media. The leaked report showed how top Labour officials plotted to bring down Jeremy Corbyn, including by exploiting antisemitism, and was meant to form part of the Labour Party's submission to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) inquiry into Labour's approach to dealing with antisemitism. However, Keir Starmer decided not to submit the report to the EHRC but instead appointed Martin Forde QC to head an inquiry into the leaked report, leading to allegations from Corbyn supporters of a whitewash.
In October 2020, when the EHRC published its report finding the Labour Party had breached the Equality Act 2010 in three ways, Jeremy Corbyn responded by claiming the scale of antisemitism within Labour had been "dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media". On the strength of those remarks, Keir Starmer immediately suspended Corbyn from the Labour Party pending investigation by acting General Secretary David Evans. On 17 November 2020, Jeremy Corbyn was given a formal warning and reinstated to the Labour Party, but Starmer has refused to restore the parliamentary whip to Corbyn.
In April 2022, Keir Starmer said that it was "very difficult to see" Corbyn re-join the party and stand as a candidate at the next general election after his critical comments about NATO.
- 1 Snap elections
- 2 Leadership elections
- 3 Background
- 4 Political career
- 5 Weaponising Anti-Semitism
- 6 Nuclear deterrent
- 7 Peace Awards
- 8 Eye problem
- 9 Documents by Jeremy Corbyn
- 10 Appointments by Jeremy Corbyn
- 11 Related Quotation
- 12 Related Documents
- 13 References
In the snap UK/2017 General Election, Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party increased its share of the popular vote to 40%, resulting in a net gain of 30 seats and leaving Theresa May's Tories without an overall majority. It was the first time Labour had made a net gain of seats since 1997, and the party's 9.6% increase in vote share was its largest since the 1945 General Election. His speech to the Labour Party conference in Brighton on 27 September 2017 was rapturously received.
In November 2018, when there was speculation about another snap General Election, Jeremy Corbyn reportedly met with Alex Younger, head of MI6, for a detailed briefing on the Secret Intelligence Service's organisational and operational structure.
Scheduled for 9 December 2018, a proposed TV debate on Brexit between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn might not take place. A Labour spokesman said:
- "As she did during the General Election campaign, Theresa May is running away from the scrutiny of a real head-to-head debate with Jeremy Corbyn. Why else would she not accept ITV's offer of a straightforward head-to-head debate, as Jeremy has done? Instead, her team are playing games and prefer the BBC's offer, which would provide less debating time and risk a confusing mish-mash for the viewing public."
On 14 August 2019, Jeremy Corbyn tweeted:
- "I've written to the leaders of other political parties and senior backbenchers from across Parliament to lay out my plan to stop a disastrous No-Deal Brexit and let the people decide the future of our country. I hope they are able to attend the meeting, which we will hold in my office on Tuesday 27th August 2019 at 11am."
Speaking on 19 August 2019 in the Tory-held marginal seat Corby in the East Midlands, Corbyn called for a Brexit "crisis" General Election to stop the UK leaving the EU without a deal. He said:
- "Labour believes the decision on how to resolve the Brexit crisis must go back to the people. And if there is a General Election this autumn, Labour would commit to holding a public vote, to give voters the final say, with credible options for both sides, including the option to remain."
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 12 September 2015, Jeremy Corbyn was elected Leader of the Labour Party with 59.5% of the votes, and the deputy leadership election was won by Tom Watson with 39.4% of the votes.
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."
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."
Jeremy Corbyn is 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 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 was also a signatory to Michael Meacher's Climate Change Early Day Motion, in stark contrast to his brother, weather forecaster Piers Corbyn's views on climate change.
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.
Jeremy Corbyn has long campaigned against Apartheid in Israel. In June 2018, he said:
“The killing of Razan al-Najjar, the 22-year-old medical volunteer shot by an Israeli sniper in Gaza on Friday, is the latest tragic reminder of the outrageous and indiscriminate brutality being meted out, under orders from the Netanyahu government. […] The silence, or worse support, for this flagrant illegality, from many Western governments, including our own, has been shameful.”
Jeremy Corbyn said the United Kingdom, as a permanent UN Security Council member, has a “particular responsibility” to ensure there is accountability and “effective international action to halt the killings”:
- “The UK government’s decision not to support either a UN Commission of Inquiry into the shocking scale of killings of civilian protesters in Gaza, or the more recent UN resolution condemning indiscriminate Israeli use of force – and calling for the protection of Palestinians – is morally indefensible.”
Last week, the United States vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that condemned Israel’s use of force against Palestinians after it had passed the vote. The United Kingdom abstained from the vote, while France, Russia, Bolivia, China, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Peru, Sweden, and Equatorial Guinea backed the Kuwait-proposed measure.
The United States had put forward a countermeasure condemning and blaming the Palestinian group Hamas for the violence, a measure that did not receive the support of any other country in the 15-member council.
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 labour movement delegations to Central America in the 1980s.
Lord Prescott, a former Labour deputy prime minister said Corbyn does not "run away" from opinions he previously expressed about Venezuela.
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.
Peace and Justice Project
On 13 December 2020, Jeremy Corbyn announced the launching of a global Peace and Justice Project to advance the causes that he championed as Labour leader:
- Climate Justice - Green New Deal,
- Economic Security - Pandemic solidarity,
- Democratic Society - Media reform, and
- International Justice - Vaccine equality.
|Jeremy Corbyn on the report that the Mainstream Media doesn't want you to know about|
On 19 July 2022, the Morning Star reported
Responding to the Forde Report, Jeremy Corbyn, former Leader of the Labour Party, said: “The Forde Report casts an important light on events in the Labour Party in recent years. My election as leader in 2015 was a major shock in British politics. It wasn’t about me, but a popular demand for anti-austerity politics following the 2008 financial crisis and 35 years of market fundamentalism.
“Despite overwhelming support from members and affiliates, powerful groups in the party found that change hard to come to terms with. This led to a conflict in Labour that created a toxic environment, which the Forde Report lays bare. In any party there are groups and factions, but the resistance we were faced with went far beyond that.
“It included the secret diversion of campaign funds by senior HQ staff in the 2017 election, which Forde rightly condemns as 'unequivocally wrong'. Whether or not that prevented the election of a Labour government, it was dishonest. In a democratic party those decisions should be taken by the elected leadership. Too often the will of the membership was overridden by people who thought they shouldn’t have had a say in the first place.
“Whatever arguments there are about specific findings, this report should help us see a path forward. The politics of the many, not the few, are more needed in this country than ever. We suffer a cost of living scandal while billionaire wealth soars and climate breakdown accelerates while fossil fuel companies boast record profits. For the Labour Party to be the vehicle for a better and sustainable world, things need to change.
“The appalling behaviour that Forde calls out, including the repulsive racism and sexism shown to Diane Abbott and others, should have no place in a progressive party. Toxic factionalism is far from over - nor are persistent problems of racism and sexism - and action must be taken, as Forde makes clear.
“Most of all, the Party needs to decide what it is for and who decides that. Are we a democratic socialist party, run by members and affiliated unions, that aims for a fundamental transfer of wealth and power from the few to the many? Or are we something else?”
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."
In May 2023, Asa Winstanley's "Weaponising Anti-Semitism: How the Israel lobby brought down Jeremy Corbyn" was published:
- Investigative journalist Asa Winstanley shows how Labour’s crisis of anti-Semitism allegations was manufactured by pro-Israel groups. Jeremy Corbyn’s enemies were determined to abort his left-wing project in its infancy, and he was hated by Israel and its allies because of his long support for the Palestine solidarity movement.
- "Weaponising Anti-Semitism" exposes the plot by the Israel lobby in alliance with the Labour right and Israeli and British intelligence agencies to stop a socialist entering Number 10 Downing Street. With new interviews and unique access to most of the “high profile cases,” read Labour’s smeared activists in their own words.
- An essential historical corrective, "Weaponising Anti-Semitism" tells a true story of hope, despair, solidarity and betrayal.
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.”
Corbyn was also objecting to the way General Houghton used a separate interview to say Britain was “letting down” its allies by not engaging in air strikes against Islamic State in Syria.
On 26 November 2013, Jeremy Corbyn was awarded the Gandhi International Peace Award for his "consistent efforts over a 30-year parliamentary career to uphold the Gandhian values of social justice and non‐violence." His 7-page Acceptance Speech for the Gandhi Foundation International Peace Award is recorded here.
On 8 December 2017, Jeremy Corbyn was awarded the MacBride Peace Prize "for his sustained and powerful political work for disarmament and peace." He was interviewed by Reiner Braun, co-President of the International Peace Bureau, in Geneva.
Answering Braun's three questions, Mr Corbyn set out his plan for a peaceful world:
- 1. What are the next steps to reach a nuclear weapons-free world?
- 2. Despite NATO´s request to increase the military budget of members to 2% of their GDP, how can disarmament be discussed and enforced?
Media blackout complaint pooh-poohed
On 14 December 2014, Shadow Fire and Emergency Services Minister, Chris Williamson, complained of a "media blackout" when he spoke to BBC Daily Politics presenter Jo Coburn, and former Labour MP Gisela Stuart, about the lack of coverage of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn winning the MacBride Peace Prize.
Pooh-poohing Williamson's complaint, Jo Coburn suggested that it was for the Labour Party – not the media – to publicise such events.
Extract from Jeremy Corbyn's speech at the 2017 Glastonbury Festival:
"I think we should adopt a maxim in life, that everyone we meet is unique, everyone we meet knows something we don't know, is slightly different to us in some ways.
"Don't see them as a threat, don't see them as an enemy, see them as a source of knowledge, a source of friendship, and a source of inspiration."
In March 2019, a Labour Party spokesperson said:
- "Jeremy Corbyn has a muscle weakness in his right eye which has become apparent in recent months. He is being treated at Moorfields Eye Hospital and thanks the wonderful staff for their care and expertise. He has been using corrective glasses as part of the treatment. He is otherwise in good health, is on the campaign trail every week travelling the country and runs and cycles regularly."
Documents by Jeremy Corbyn
Appointments by Jeremy Corbyn
|Ayesha Hazarika||“Whether we like it or not, we have to understand that the membership is still really into Jeremy Corbyn (as a recent Times poll confirmed) and that love-rush is going nowhere for a while.
And we can’t just bypass the party as tempting as that may be. Because of the new rules, the members are the gatekeepers to the leadership – so there is no point in a kamikaze-like attempt at a coup. Yes, it would be interesting to watch but it would make the media and the Tories’ day but ultimately, it would be embarrassing and it would fail. And to be fair to Jeremy – he won. He won big. And just because we don’t like it, we can’t magically hoof him out when the rules and the membership are against that.Instead of getting bitter, we need to get better. Instead of holding out for a hero and trying to magic up a new leader, we need to go away and do all the boring difficult things we know we have to do but haven’t done for a long time.”
|Ayesha Hazarika||23 May 2016|
|Document: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)|
|Document: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.|
|Document:A Moment in History||blog post||26 June 2019||Craig Murray||It is ESSENTIAL that every Labour Party member reading this blog acts NOW to try to get rid of those dreadful Blairite MPs. If you do not act, the historic moment will be missed and the chance to move England and Wales away from neoliberalism may be permanently surrendered.|
|Document:Anatomy of a Scandal: Israel Crucifies Corbyn||Article||14 August 2014||Michael W. Howard||"Tom Watson has it backward: the 'eternal shame and embarrassment' come when Labour, swallowing whatever pride it has left, meekly submits to being harassed and blackmailed by a foreign power and its vulgar propagandists. Jeremy Corbyn, it seems, is gearing up to do just that. Chalk one up for Goebbels."|
|Document:Anti-semitism is cover for a much deeper divide in Britain's Labour party||Article||20 February 2019||Jonathan Cook||Paradoxically, the Labour breakaway group may have inadvertently exposed the weakness of its hand. The eight MPs have indicated that they will not run in by-elections, and for good reason: it is highly unlikely they would stand a chance of winning in any of their current constituencies outside the Labour Party.|
|Document:Antisemitism threats will keep destroying Labour||blog post||12 February 2020||Jonathan Cook||If we are only allowed to gently chide Israel in ways that cannot meaningfully advance Palestinian rights, if we are prevented from discussing the strategies of staunchly pro-Israel lobbyists to silence Israel’s critics, if we are denied the right to push for an international boycott of Israel of the kind that helped blacks in South Africa end their own oppression, then nothing is going to change for the Palestinians.|
|Document:BBC's biased and inaccurate reporting of anti-semitism allegations towards Jeremy Corbyn||Letter||7 August 2018||Pamela Blakelock||"We regret that the BBC has failed to comply with its own codes with regard to impartiality and accuracy. Given the gravity of allegations of anti-semitism, the role performed by the BBC is all the more critical if it is to live up to Reithian principles of informing the public."|
|Document:Brexit reveals Corbyn to be the true moderate||blog post||12 September 2019||Jonathan Cook||It is time to stop acting like zealots for neoliberalism, squabbling over which brand of turbo-charged capitalism we prefer, and face up to our collective responsibility to change our and our children’s future.|
|Document:Bristol West CLP condemns suspension of Corbyn||Article||10 November 2020||SKWAWKBOX||Labour’s hierarchy has banned CLPs from debating or voting on Corbyn’s suspension or the EHRC report and some Regional Directors have blocked attempts to do so. It seems Bristol West members hold their democracy and their former party leader in too high a regard to toe the line.|
|Document:British MPs won’t get to see ‘WitchHunt’ in the House of Commons – the very place it needs to be shown||Article||3 March 2019||Robert Cohen||The WitchHunt deserves to be widely seen. And it will be from Sunday 17th March 2019 when it goes online for free viewing.|
|Document:Cognitive Dissidents?||Article||27 May 2019||Alun Smith||I voted remain but I would happily leave under a Corbyn government with a deal that protects our rights and our jobs. Isn't that the sensible thing to do now? Isn't that the compromise that can bring us all together again?|
|Document: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|
|Document: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.|
|Document:Corbyn receives International Peace Prize in Geneva||Article||9 December 2017|
|Document:Council of Europe sides with Julian Assange||Article||Sara Chessa||The attitude of European institutions is changing after years of silence which seemed to authorise or support the US and the United Kingdom’s behaviour in relation to an individual who is apparently deprived of the right to prepare his defence and deprived as well of his right to dignified psychophysical conditions. Now, the Council of Europe has decided to speak up on behalf of Julian Assange.|
|Document: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”.|
|Document: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?|
|Document:Ed Miliband’s decision to oppose military action against Syria is an action of statesmanship of which Britons will be proud||Article||28 August 2013||Michael Meacher||It is all very well to rush to war in a surge of moral outrage, it is quite another to spell out clearly what are the war objectives and how exactly they are to be achieved.|
|Document: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.|
|Document:Exposed: Jeremy Corbyn’s hate factory||Article||15 April 2018||A fishing expedition co-ordinated by The Sunday Times which "uncovered more than 2,000 abusive messages" posted on 20 Facebook groups by mostly unidentified individuals who may or may not have been members of the Labour Party.|
|Document:Five questions for new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer about his UK and US national security establishment links||Article||5 June 2020||Matt Kennard||Keir Starmer did not become leader to help Labour win, but to restore establishment control over the party and vanquish the heretics that dared defy its agenda. For the forces he truly represents, the project has been a smashing success.|
|Document:Former Labour leader honoured by Palestinian Forum||Article||19 December 2021||Steve Walker||Jeremy Corbyn receives award for ‘remarkable efforts’ to support Palestinians against oppression|
|Document:Has the Elite’s Slavish pro-Israel Agenda Finally Gone Too Far||Blog post||25 February 2019||Craig Murray||Israeli destruction of Palestinian olive trees in the occupied territories is almost as heinous as the continuing killing and imprisonment of Palestinian children. Every morning ask yourself this question: "How many children has the Israeli “Defence” Force killed since the MSM last reported one?"|
|Document:Has the media ignored good news about Jeremy Corbyn||Blog post||11 December 2017||Patrick Worrall||No-platforming Jeremy Corbyn: Tories and Unionists have a visceral hate of Seán MacBride|
|Document:Here’s What Really Happened When Labour Suspended Corbyn||Article||27 July 2021||Oliver Eagleton||If Keir Starmer was always unlikely to stand by his ten pledges and retain the bulk of the 2017 manifesto, some hoped he would at least bring a slickness and efficiency to LOTO that was missing under Jeremy Corbyn. After the suspension debacle, this is a hope that few can cling to.|
|Document:How top Labour officials plotted to bring down Jeremy Corbyn||Article||16 April 2020||Jonathan Cook||The stench of cover-up is already in the air. Keir Starmer's Labour needs to come clean and admit that its most senior officials defrauded hundreds of thousands of party members, and millions more supporters, who voted for a fairer, kinder Britain.|
|Document:Is this the Epicentre of Corbyn’s Antisemitism Story?||Article||8 April 2019||TruePublica||We are being immersed in a disgraceful environment of political propaganda, disinformation and downright lies cooked up by those with vested interests and promoted by the billionaire offshore owners of the press and fellow travellers such as Ruth Smeeth and contriving organisations such as the British-American Project|
|Document:JVL statement on Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis||statement||28 November 2019||Anonymous||The Conservatives have given us austerity as an organising principle of government and as a result we have proliferating food banks, people sleeping and dying on our streets, our social care system on its knees, and local council budgets and services decimated. So, Rabbi Mirvis, which party is threatening the soul of the nation?|
|Document: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."|
|Document:Jeremy Corbyn’s Opponents Burned the House Down to Stop Him - Now Keir Starmer Is King of the Ashes||Article||25 July 2020||Daniel Finn||By sacking Rebecca Long-Bailey on a trumped-up pretext, Sir Keir Rodney Starmer has set the seal on a drastic shift to the right for the Labour Party. That shift comes just as the key arguments by Jeremy Corbyn’s opponents to justify a break with his left leadership have been falling apart in the face of overwhelming evidence.|
|Document: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.|
|Document:Just like that: How the Tory magic trick was done||blog post||18 December 2019||Chris Jackson||Boris Johnson will not be leading the people into any mythical promised land, rather they will be led like lemmings off the edge of a cliff. The population of the nation now have more austerity, economic inequality, privatising of the NHS and ever deteriorating public services to look forward to, led by a right wing, elitist, populist.|
|Document:Keir Starmer is a Long-Time Servant of the British Security State||Article||2 March 2021||Oliver Eagleton||Keir Starmer is sometimes praised for being an outsider in the world of politics (or mocked as too lawyerly and insufficiently political). But in reality, much of his work as Director of Public Prosecutions blurred the boundaries between prosecutor and politician – following the dictates of the Cameron coalition, negotiating with foreign officials on its behalf, and dropping or pursuing cases according to its interests.|
|Document:Labour & ‘anti-Semitism’: Real goal of establishment smear campaign is to deny socialists power||Article||23 April 2019||Ken Livingstone||After three years of screaming headlines, the truth about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is finally revealed: just 0.08 percent of Labour’s half-a-million members have said or tweeted something anti-Semitic|
|Document: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.|
|Document:Labour expulsion hearing set for anti-Zionist Jackie Walker||Article||5 February 2019||Asa Winstanley||WitchHunt documentary: “We are determined to get it out whatever the threats,” Jackie Walker vows|
|Document:Labour has ignored its voters – it is now paying the price||Article||24 June 2021||Paddy Hannam||George Galloway speaks to Spiked Online about the problems faced by the Labour Party, and his campaign in the 2021 Batley and Spen by-election|
|Document:Labour left breaks with Jeremy Corbyn over sending weapons to Ukraine||Article||26 February 2023||Toby Helm||The far left wing of the Labour Party has split from Jeremy Corbyn on the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine|
|Document:Labour's next leader has already betrayed the left||blog post||21 February 2020||Jonathan Cook||The next Leader of the Labour Party is already a prisoner to the "institutional antisemitism" narrative. That means their hands are chained not only to support for Israel, but to the reactionary politics in which Israel as a Jewish state makes sense – a worldview that embraces its style of ethnic, chauvinist, militaristic, segregationist politics.|
|Document: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.|
|Document: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|
|Document: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.|
|Document: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.|
|Document: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|
|Document:Novichok And Theresa May's "45 Minute Moment"||Article||15 March 2018||Is Britain off to war (in Syria) to save the government from all sorts of disasters back at home? Challenging a Prime Minister in the midst of an international conflict is always difficult – just look at the vitriol thrown at Jeremy Corbyn for doing so yesterday – who was proved right in the face of the same accusations with Tony Blair.|
|Document:Rebecca Long-Bailey Labour leadership campaign marks end of 'project Corbyn'||blog post||20 January 2020||Robert Stevens||Not only does Labour continue to be politically dominated by the Blairites, but should Long-Bailey succeed her mentor then she would do their bidding all down the line. Unity with the Blairite right was the leitmotif of Long-Bailey’s campaign rally.|
|Document:Rebranded revolutionaries: Mandela, Gaddafi and Corbyn||Article||4 September 2016||Dewi Asianab||This article is not about Mandela. It is not about Gaddafi, nor is it even really about Corbyn. It is about ideology. That of self determination, the idea that imperialist forces must be repelled and fought at every corner. It is about international solidarity with those who seek refuge from oppressors. It is about three men who share a vast amount in common.<a href="#cite_note-1"></a>|
|Document: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?|
|Document:Starmer’s Mortal Wound On The Soul Of The Labour Party||blog post||30 October 2020||Rachael Swindon||Starmer clearly believes he has now firmly established his own political identity and laid the foundations for the transformation of Labour’s electoral prospects – in the mould of Kinnock and Blair. It may be that he has simply destroyed his reputation for moral and intellectual integrity – and inflicted a mortal wound on the soul of his party.|
|Document:The American Jewish scholar behind Labour's "antisemitism" scandal breaks his silence||Interview||3 May 2016||Norman Finkelstein|
|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."|
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- ↑ "Read Jeremy Corbyn’s Glastonbury 2017 speech in full"
- ↑ "Jeremy Corbyn MP"
- ↑ "Jeremy Corbyn announces he will resign as Labour Party leader"
- ↑ "Leadership and Deputy Leadership election 2020 - Results"
- ↑ "Congratulations @Keir Starmer and @Angela Rayner"
- ↑ Document:How top Labour officials plotted to bring down Jeremy Corbyn
- ↑ "Whitewash underway as Starmer names anti-left on panel to investigate leaked sabotage allegations"
- ↑ "The Labour Party’s Membership Is in Revolt Against Keir Starmer"
- ↑ "Labour: Difficult to see Jeremy Corbyn return after Nato remarks - Starmer"
- ↑ "Keir Starmer suggests ex-leader Jeremy Corbyn unlikely to regain Labour whip"
- ↑ "Jeremy Corbyn's Labour conference speech"
- ↑ "Jeremy Corbyn 'meets MI6 as Brexit negotiations spark snap election fears'"
- ↑ "Brexit TV debate: When will Theresa May face Jeremy Corbyn?"
- ↑ "Plan to stop a disastrous No Deal Brexit"
- ↑ "Jeremy Corbyn urges opposition leaders and Tory rebels to help oust PM"
- ↑ "Jeremy Corbyn invites opposition party leaders and senior backbenchers to meet in his office on Tuesday 27th August 2019 at 11am"
- ↑ "Jeremy Corbyn: General election will stop Brexit 'crisis'"
- ↑ "Jeremy Corbyn: GE 'once in generation chance to change direction' against 'Britain’s Trump' Johnson"
- ↑ "Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn enters race
- ↑ "Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn makes it on to ballot
- ↑ "Results of the Labour Leadership elections"
- ↑ "MPs submit Corbyn no confidence motion"
- ↑ "The Origins of Labour’s Civil War"
- ↑ "High Court to hear legal challenge over Jeremy Corbyn's place on Labour leadership ballot"
- ↑ "Jeremy Corbyn wins right to be defendant in leadership court case"
- ↑ "Labour leadership: Corbyn ballot challenge rejected"
- ↑ "D. B. Corbyn"
- ↑ "Who is Jeremy Corbyn? Everything you need to know about Labour's most left-wing leadership hopeful"
- ↑ "Jeremy Corbyn: ‘I don’t do personal’"
- ↑ "Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn is the country’s lowest expenses claimer"
- ↑ "About me - Jeremy Corbyn MP"
- ↑ "Labour MPs who rebelled on Iraq"
- ↑ "Tony Blair could face trial over 'illegal' Iraq war, says Jeremy Corbyn"
- ↑ "Why Israel is so concerned about Jeremy Corbyn becoming leader of the Labour party"
- ↑ "Ed Miliband Urges Labour To Focus On Fighting The Conservatives - Not Jeremy Corbyn's Political Engagements"
- ↑ "Labour MPs switch from Andy Burnham to left-winger Jeremy Corbyn in leadership race"
- ↑ "Jeremy Corbyn"
- ↑ "Find Your MP – Islington North – Jeremy Corbyn"
- ↑ "Meacher set to challenge Brown from left"
- ↑ "Early Day Motion 1255 - Pigeon Bombs UK Parliament"
- ↑ "Early Day Motion 136 - Importation of Foie Gras"
- ↑ "Early day motion 134 - Yulin Dog Meat Festival 2015"
- ↑ "Early Day Motion 178 - Climate Change"
- ↑ "British MP Jeremy Corbyn Speaks out for Venezuela"
- ↑ "Letters: People's Assembly Against Austerity"
- ↑ "Sponsors marchforhomes.org"
- ↑ "Indian Caste System Imported To Britain? Dalits Say Yes, Upper Caste Hindus Say No"
- ↑ "MPs, actors, authors and musicians among 21,000 demanding arms embargo on Israel"
- ↑ "Jeremy Corbyn: ‘West’s Support of Israeli Violence is Shameful’"
- ↑ "Corbyn Calls for Dialogue Not Violence in Venezuela"
- ↑ "Voting record for Jeremy Corbyn MP, Islington North (10133)"
- ↑ "The Labour left demand a change of direction - why their intervention matters"
- ↑ "Get involved with the Peace and Justice Project campaigns"
- ↑ "Senior Labour staff created secret fund to undermine Corbyn"
- ↑ "Jeremy Corbyn 'not happy' with shoot-to-kill policy"
- ↑ "Shooting to kill Corbyn - the coup is on"
- ↑ "Syria airstrikes: Corbyn gives Labour MPs free vote, asks Cameron for 2 day debate"
- ↑ "Jeremy Corbyn - Syria Air Strikes - Islamic State" House of Commons, 2 December 2015
- ↑ "Syria air strikes: MPs authorise UK action against Islamic State"
- ↑ "Jeremy Corbyn hails 'vote of confidence' after Labour win Oldham byelection"
- ↑ "Labour’s Election Results Give Corbyn only a Temporary Reprieve"
- ↑ "Weaponising Anti-Semitism: How the Israel lobby brought down Jeremy Corbyn"
- ↑ "Nuclear attack? We must support Corbyn's refusal to murder millions"
- ↑ "Corbyn to complain to MoD about army chief's ‘political interference’"
- ↑ "The Gandhi Foundation International Peace Award 2013"
- ↑ "Jeremy Corbyn's Acceptance Speech for The Gandhi Foundation International Peace Award, 26th November 2013"
- ↑ "Press release: Séan MacBride Peace Prize 2017"
- ↑ Document:Corbyn receives International Peace Prize in Geneva
- ↑ "Jeremy Corbyn on nuclear weapons, disarmament and security issues"
- ↑ "Chris Williamson blasts BBC for 'media blackout' of Corbyn Peace Prize"
- ↑ "Jeremy Corbyn: 'Shake your chains to earth like dew', Glastonbury 2017"
- ↑ "Jeremy Corbyn receives treatment for eye muscle weakness"
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