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All you need to know about new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

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By Chris Harris
All you need to know about new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

<p>Corbyn, 66, was first elected as MP for Islington North (London) in 1983, when all his other leadership rivals would still have been at school.</p> <p>His rise to become leadership favourite and then winner is remarkable – he only made it onto the ballot paper by a whisker <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jun/15/labour-leftwinger-jeremy-corbyn-wins-place-on-ballot-for-leadership">after a frantic last-minute scramble</a> to rustle up the required 35 nominations from other Labour MPs.</p> <p><strong>What are Jeremy Corbyn’s political views?</strong></p> <p>Corbyn was by far the most left-wing of the four candidates competing to be Labour’s new leader.</p> <p>He said during his campaign he may make state ownership of key industries a central plank of Labour ideology again.</p> <p>In an interview with <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/jeremy-corbyn-to-bring-back-clause-four-contender-pledges-to-bury-new-labour-with-commitment-to-public-ownership-of-industry-10446982.html">The Independent on Sunday newspaper</a>, Corbyn said he would consider re-establishing “common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange”.</p> <p>Triple election-winner Tony Blair scrapped the policy in 1995, a pro-business move that many said made Labour electable.</p> <p>Corbyn also pledged to move the centre-left party back to its socialist roots and put railway and energy networks into public hands. </p> <div id="slides" dir="ltr"><ul class="slides_container"><li class="slide"><div class="caption"><h2>Jeremy Corbyn</h2><p><span class="caps">LABOUR</span> <span class="caps">LEADERSHIP</span> <span class="caps">RACE</span> 2015</p></div><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/311598/560x380_andrewmarr.jpg"></li><li class="slide"><div class="caption"><h2>#jezwecan badge</h2><p><span class="caps">LABOUR</span> <span class="caps">LEADERSHIP</span> <span class="caps">RACE</span> 2015</p></div><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/311598/560x380_badge.jpg"></li><li class="slide"><div class="caption"><h2>Jeremy Corbyn</h2><p><span class="caps">LABOUR</span> <span class="caps">LEADERSHIP</span> <span class="caps">RACE</span> 2015</p></div><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/311598/560x380_bike.jpg"></li><li class="slide"><div class="caption"><h2>Jeremy Corbyn</h2><p><span class="caps">LABOUR</span> <span class="caps">LEADERSHIP</span> <span class="caps">RACE</span> 2015</p></div><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/311598/560x380_brickwall.jpg"></li><li class="slide"><div class="caption"><h2>Jeremy Corbyn</h2><p><span class="caps">LABOUR</span> <span class="caps">LEADERSHIP</span> <span class="caps">RACE</span> 2015</p></div><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/311598/560x380_podium.jpg"></li><li class="slide"><div class="caption"><h2>All the candidates</h2><p><span class="caps">LABOUR</span> <span class="caps">LEADERSHIP</span> <span class="caps">RACE</span> 2015</p></div><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/311598/560x380_RTX1HD2E.jpg"></li><li class="slide"><div class="caption"><h2>Andy Burnham</h2><p><span class="caps">LABOUR</span> <span class="caps">LEADERSHIP</span> <span class="caps">RACE</span> 2015</p></div><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/311598/560x380_RTX1HD2X.jpg"></li><li class="slide"><div class="caption"><h2>Yvette Cooper</h2><p><span class="caps">LABOUR</span> <span class="caps">LEADERSHIP</span> <span class="caps">RACE</span> 2015</p></div><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/311598/560x380_RTX1HD30.jpg"></li><li class="slide"><div class="caption"><h2>Liz Kendall</h2><p><span class="caps">LABOUR</span> <span class="caps">LEADERSHIP</span> <span class="caps">RACE</span> 2015</p></div><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/311598/560x380_RTX1IDYE.jpg"></li><li class="slide"><div class="caption"><h2>Jeremy Corbyn</h2><p><span class="caps">LABOUR</span> <span class="caps">LEADERSHIP</span> <span class="caps">RACE</span> 2015</p></div><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/311598/560x380_sundaymp.jpg"></li></ul><a href="#" class="prev"></a><a href="#" class="next"></a></div> <p><strong>What impact has his candidacy had on Labour?</strong></p> <p>There are fears that Corbyn will take Labour so far to the left that the party would likely split.</p> <p>Labour political heavyweights, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/aug/10/anyone-but-jeremy-corbyn-labour-leader-alastair-campbell">such as Blair’s spin doctor Alastair Campbell</a>, say his election will consign the party to electoral oblivion.</p> <p>But the activists and trade unions that supported Corbyn say Labour’s centrist figures betrayed the party’s roots by copying Conservative policies at the last election.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-cards="hidden" lang="en-gb" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Alistair Campbell: "Anyone but Corbyn for leader" Words fail me. Who does Campbell think this is going to convince? <a href="http://t.co/KUwWLOO0o7">http://t.co/KUwWLOO0o7</a></p>— Diane Abbott (@HackneyAbbott) <a href="https://twitter.com/HackneyAbbott/status/630871380305793024">August 10, 2015</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><strong>What do the ruling Conservatives think about it?</strong></p> <p>The Conservatives, still with a spring in their step after their election triumph in May, could not be happier with Corbyn.</p> <p>Tories, together with other figures from the right, have been sitting back and enjoying the possibility of Labour splitting.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jeremy Corbyn set to win Labour leadership. C'mon Jez! All the way back to the 70s, Comrades! This is hilarious <a href="http://t.co/CQGhfuJKNV">http://t.co/CQGhfuJKNV</a></p>— Douglas Carswell MP (@DouglasCarswell) <a href="https://twitter.com/DouglasCarswell/status/621368512959922178">July 15, 2015</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Daily Telegraph <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/labour/11741861/How-you-can-help-Jeremy-Corbyn-win-and-destroy-the-Labour-Party.html">even urged readers to sign up as Labour supporters and vote for Corbyn</a>, to help saddle it with a “bearded socialist voter-repellent” as leader. Registering as a supporter of Labour – the deadline for which was August 12 – cost just £3.</p> <p><strong>Who did Corbyn beat to win the leadership race?</strong></p> <p>Andy Burnham, a former health secretary, was the early favourite to replace Ed Miliband. Liverpool-born Burnham, 45, seen as leaning towards the <a href="http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/07/andy-burnham-isnt-continuity-miliband-hes-blair-mark-ii">modernising Blairite faction of Labour</a>, came <a href="http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/9559092/the-humiliation-that-turned-andy-burnham-from-blairite-to-union-man/">fourth in the party’s leadership race</a> in 2010.</p> <p>Yvette Cooper, 46, is married to former Labour MP and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls. She is seen as a <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-33692930">centrist candidate</a> that doesn’t veer too strongly to either wing of the party. </p> <p>Liz Kendall falls under the <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/labour-leadership-contest-i-would-never-quit-party-says-liz-kendall-10416314.html">Blairite banner of the party</a> and has picked up the support of her one-time rival Chuka Umunna, who withdrew his candidacy early on in the contest. </p> <p>Former leader Blair, in office from 1997-2007, had urged Labour to reject Corbyn and elect a centrist candidate, if it wants to win back power in 2020.</p> <p>“You win from the centre, you win when you appeal to a broad cross-section … You don’t win from a traditional leftist position,” Blair said.</p>