Labour Party’s ‘stop Cor­byn’ cam­paign gains ground

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The Scot­tish Labour Party elected a 33-yearold ris­ing star as its leader with a whop­ping 72% of the vote.

Her vic­tory comes as prom­i­nent for­mer Labour lead­ers and aides scram­ble to halt left-wing so­cial­ist Jeremy Cor­byn from emerg­ing as the next leader of the party, which was re­cently trounced by the Con­ser­va­tives in the elec­tions.

The In­de­pen­dent re­ported that for­mer Bri­tish prime min­is­ter Gor­don Brown would make a speech in Lon­don en­ti­tled Power for a Pur­pose – the Fu­ture of the Labour Party.

The news­pa­per said Brown was ex­pected to use the speech to en­dorse Yvette Cooper, who is gain­ing ground in her bat­tle with Andy Burn­ham to emerge as the “stop Cor­byn” can­di­date.

Tony Blair, who was prime min­is­ter for 10 years, his for­mer aide Alastair Camp­bell and Jack Straw, who served in both Brown and Blair’s Cab­i­nets, have warned of the dan­gers of elect­ing Cor­byn.

Blair has de­scribed Cor­byn as “the worst dan­ger in Labour’s 100-year history”, say­ing the party would be an­ni­hi­lated if it elected him.

“If Jeremy Cor­byn be­comes leader, it won’t be a de­feat like 1983 or 2015 at the next elec­tion – it will mean a rout, pos­si­bly an­ni­hi­la­tion,” Blair warned in an op-ed penned for the Guardian.

The Guardian re­ported that polls rated Cor­byn the high­est in terms of pop­u­lar­ity.

The MP from Is­ling­ton is cam­paign­ing on a rad­i­cal left­wing ticket that in­cludes the na­tion­al­i­sa­tion of Bri­tish rail­road and energy com­pa­nies, abol­ish­ing tu­ition fees for stu­dents at Bri­tish univer­si­ties, end­ing the coun­try’s aus­ter­ity cuts and boost­ing spend­ing on so­cial wel­fare. He also wants to tax the rich more. Cor­byn has spo­ken of what he calls “peo­ple’s quan­ti­ta­tive eas­ing”, in which the Bank of Eng­land would print money to in­vest in in­fra­struc­ture projects.

A vo­cal an­ti­war cam­paigner, he wants Bri­tain to end its mil­i­tary al­liance with the North At­lantic Treaty Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

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Jeremy Cor­byn

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