Firstly, I would like to congratulate Jeremy and his team for this iconic victory. The votes cast were from a wider electorate compared to the 2015 leadership election, further cementing Jeremy Corbyn’s position as leader of the Labour Party. I believe that those who opposed Corbyn, should now come together and unite over policy.
I have campaigned for Corbyn over the past couple of months on social media and in person with Labour members and members of the general public alike. The feedback which I have usually received is that ‘Corbyn is a nice man’ or that ‘He seems genuine and honest’. Promising as those annecdotal evidences maybe those very same people go onto say ‘He isn’t a leader’, ‘Corbyn is hard left’ and that ‘We will lose the next general election’. However these views are shaped by the information in which we recieve. If we are constantly given the viewpoint that Mr Corbyn is incompetent then we will eventually believe that. It is therefore imperative that there is a grassroots presence which is able to combat against the stereotypes which are thrown against him.
Now it is clear to us that Corbyn is the leader of the party, those on both sides of the party should put differences together and let bygones be bygones. When this coup was first orchestrated, I like many others felt that those MPs who didn’t have the best interests of the party at heart should be deselected. Now that Corbyn is the leader of the party once more, upon further revision I believe it will be devisive to deselect those who opposed Corbyn. I feel it will play into the hands of the mainstream media who have shown a clear anti-corbyn bias. Nonetheless, if any MPs are found to be sabotaging the leadership or continue to dissent and refuse to come together then I think then and only then should deselection be considered.
It is clear to see that despite being continuously discredited by the press, Corbyn’s policies seem to be getting through to the members. One must take into account that the members are not the general electorate, however they are a reflection of the electorate as members are from all parts of the country and are from different socio-economic backgrounds. Corbyn’s mandate has increased from a 59.5% to 61.8%. His anti-austerity agenda has actually increased labour party membership as there are now over half a million members. In fact when the coup was launched after the EU referendum, 130000 new members joined up in response. All the coup has achieved, is to empower Corbyn further and give him much more of a platform to get his views across.
After the result of the EU referendum, the insight of the Chilcot inquiry and the debacle that has been the Labour leadership election, I think the Labour Party now has to decide who the real enemy is. Is it the members, the MPs or the Conservatives? I for one would finally like to attack Conservative Party policy as a united front and would welcome back those who had previously resigned from the Shadow Cabinet. If history has told us anything, a united Labour Party can win elections, a divided Labour Party will be crushed.
The goal is to win the next General Election, and have Corbyn at Number 10.