Labour Party’s ‘stop Corbyn’ campaign gains ground
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.