Jeremy Corbyn has steamrolled the competition and become the new leader of Britain’s Labour Party with an astounding 59.5% of first preference votes, eliminating competitors Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, and Liz Kendall without even requiring a runoff:
Corbyn’s victory is crucial to the fight against austerity. Corbyn was the only contender to vote against the government’s welfare bill. No other figure in British politics has offered a comprehensive economic alternative. But it will be five long years until the next election, and Corbyn will face a wide array of difficult obstacles and challenges. Can Corbyn–or any person–manage to prevail? At this stage we cannot be sure, but with Corbyn as leader we know that Labour will at least give it a try. In the meantime, let’s discuss some of the hostile forces Corbyn’s Labour party will have to see off over the next five years.
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