- Title: Jeremy Corbyn - the political activist who became Labour leader
- Date: 31st May 2017
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (FILE - JANUARY 25, 2000) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** CORBYN AS LABOUR MP WITH MEMBERS OF THE CHILE COMMITTEE FOR JUSTICE WALKING TOWARDS NEW SCOTLAND YARD, HEADQUARTERS OF THE METROPOLITAN POLICE, TO HAND IN EVIDENCE OF THREE CHILEANS SAID TO BE TORTURED ON PINOCHET'S ORDERS BETWEEN 1988 AND 1989 CORBYN TALKING TO JOURNALIST IN FRONT OF NEW SCOTLAND YARD ROTATING SIGN LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (FILE - MARCH 2, 2000) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) CHILEAN PROTESTERS OUTSIDE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT PROTESTING GOVERNMENT DECISION TO SEND PINOCHET HOME RATHER THAN CONTINUE EXTRADITION PROCEEDINGS CORBYN, MP AND VICE CHAIRMAN OF COMMONS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE TALKING TO PROTESTERS AND MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) MP JEREMY CORBYN, SAYING: "I'm very, very angry and very, very disappointed. Pinochet has been allowed to leave this country despite the deaths and disappearances of seven thousand people hanging over his head and thirty one cases of torture put against him in the British courts." LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (FILE - JANUARY 22, 2011) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS DEMANDING THAT FORMER BRITISH PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR BE CHARGED WITH WAR CRIMES, HOLDING DEMONSTRATION OUTSIDE BUILDING WHERE CHILCOT INQUIRY INTO IRAQ WAR WAS BEING HELD "BLAIR" PUPPET BEHIND BARS (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, JEREMY CORBYN, ADDRESSING CROWDS, SAYING: "It is absolutely disgraceful that the current cabinet secretary should refuse to release letters sent by the then-Prime Minister Blair to President Bush." CORBYN SPEAKING TO DEMONSTRATORS / APPLAUSE VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS CHANTING "TONY BLAIR, TO THE HAGUE" LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (FILE - NOVEMBER 5, 2013) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) VARIOUS OF ANTI-AUSTERITY PROTESTERS BURNING BONFIRE ON WESTMINSTER BRIDGE NEAR HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, JEREMY CORBYN, SAYING: "Public assets given away to those that already have a great deal." CORBYN SPEAKING THROUGH MEGAPHONE TO PROTESTERS VARIOUS OF ANTI-AUSTERITY PROTESTERS CHANTING IN FRONT OF BONFIRE LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (FILE - SEPTEMBER 12, 2015) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF DEMONSTRATION MARCH WALKING BY HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT CALLING ON GOVERNMENT TO DO MORE TO HELP REFUGEES FLEEING TO EUROPE WOMAN INTRODUCING NEWLY-ELECTED LABOUR LEADER, JEREMY CORBYN TO THE STAGE AT RALLY OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT CROWD APPLAUDING (SOUNDBITE) (English) LABOUR LEADER JEREMY CORBYN, SAYING: "Together in peace, together in justice, together in humanity." GIANT BANNER FEATURING PHOTO OF CORBYN WITH LOVE HEART DRAWN AROUND IT LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (SEPTEMBER 12, 2015 (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) LEADER OF BRITISH OPPOSITION LABOUR PARTY, JEREMY CORBYN, (THANKING TRADE UNIONISTS IN A PUB AFTER WINNING LEADERSHIP) SAYING: "Who said young people are not interested in politics and politics wasn't interested in young people? It is now!" (CHEERS)
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- Keywords: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn election
- Location: LONDON, SWINDON, BRISTOL, MANCHESTER AND BRADFORD, ENGLAND, UK
- City: LONDON, SWINDON, BRISTOL, MANCHESTER AND BRADFORD, ENGLAND, UK
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
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- Story Text:A socialist stalwart, Jeremy Corbyn assumed the Labour Party's leadership in September 2015 after a campaign that largely framed him as a left-wing foil to then Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron.
As an MP, Corbyn was never afraid to vote against his party line and is often portrayed as more a campaigner than political leader.
Over the decades he's campaigned for peace in Northern Ireland, the arrest of Chilean dictator Pinochet, and against cuts to public services.
In the referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union in June 2016, Corbyn campaigned for the UK to remain in the bloc, but his message was perceived as lukewarm.
Calls for Corbyn to step down after the Leave result prompted another Labour leadership race, which Corbyn comfortably won, but left the parliamentary party in disarray.
When British Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election in April this year she was enjoying a runaway lead in the opinion polls.
But in the last 10 days Labour has narrowed the gap on the Conservatives with a YouGov poll released on Tuesday (May 30) suggesting May could lose 20 seats and her 17-seat working majority in the 650-seat British parliament, leading to a hung parliament.
Election campaigning was briefly halted for a few days following the Manchester suicide attack which killed 22 people.
Corbyn sparked outrage amongst his opponents by saying Britain's involvement in foreign wars had increased the threat of terrorism.
Labour's election manifesto has signalled a shift to the left as the party capitalises on voters concerns over education and health with the slogan "For the many, not the few."
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