Jeremy Corbyn is the Islington North MP running for the Labour leader candidacy. He is an advocate for creating better equality in this country, which is currently the worst out of the G7 nations and one of the worst in Europe. This is clearly an issue with anti-austerity marches in London in which he was the only potential Labour candidate attending, alongside approximately 200,000 other individuals. This participation in grass roots activism and the positive reaction to his attendance show he resonates well with the public and will be a true advocate for change in society.
This is clearly an issue affecting the people of Liverpool, who held their own protest against austerity.
The 3 other potential leaders (Andy Burnham, Liz Kendall and Yvette Cooper) did not protest with him, displaying a lack of understanding as to what normal people want and perceive the Labour party to represent.
Therefore, this is a breakdown of the other candidate benefits and drawbacks, with attempts to be as fair as possible:
Yvette Cooper was the Chief Secretary under Gordon Brown during the financial crisis. This has resulted in a poor perception of her in regards to the economy. This was arguably the key factor in Labour’s previous loss in the 2015 election; therefore a person seen as the cause for the poor state of economy could be an easy target for the Conservatives to attack in regard to this. Furthermore, some comments relating to her personality regarding responses to questions as being somewhat robotic, leaving her a potentially uninspiring leader. In addition, she is currently in a relationship with Ed Balls, the former shadow chancellor under Ed Miliband, who recently lost his seat in the last election showing the lack of trust people feel with him. These close ties could affect the public’s perception of Yvette Cooper as they may feel he could influence her decisions. However she does have considerable experience in politics and could appeal to those on the centre ground.
Andy Burnham appears to have an ideology similar to Yvette Cooper, possibly slightly more left wing than her, although his viewpoints are unclear; although roots to a more left wing place such as Liverpool could make him seem more likeable. In addition, the Conservatives are perceived as moving closer to the center, could make him seem attractive with a similar ideology, potentially attracting previous centrist Labour voters who defected to Conservatives and UKIP. Therefore this ideology would be the perceived ‘safe’ option for Labour (currently odds on); however he could in my opinion be detrimental to the party due to his lack of conviction and unsure ideals which clearly didn’t appeal in the last election.
Liz Kendall is the most right-wing MP vying for the election, appealing to the more right of the political spectrum in the Labour party with comparisons to Tony Blair (whom won 3 elections, clearly someone connecting to the voters.) However the fact that she is so similar to the Tories means she’s creating little differentiation between Labour and Conservatives. This will be a disaster if elected because a right wing ideal is generally centered around incentives for multinational corporations and therefore more emphasis on the economy. If Labour competed in regards to the economy with the Conservatives they will lose, as the Conservatives are perceived more favourably due to Labour’s unfair association with the financial crash.
In response to the above, the policies of Jeremy Corbyn will give a clear opposition to the Conservatives, giving a clear message of anti-austerity which clearly resonated with Scotland and defectors to UKIP potentially winning back some of those voters.
Here is the first debate between the potential candidates to help make up your mind.
On the other hand you could argue two points against him, the first and main point is that he is left wing in terms of ideology and the conservatives won with a right wing agenda, supported by the press. The right wing publications such as the Sun (targeted towards the lower to middle class) often stating policies benefiting them as being ‘economically un-viable’ as it conflicts with the papers own interests. Therefore a candidate closer to them in terms of ideology will be promoted better, creating improved publicity for the party, a factor incredibly important as almost every candidate endorsed by Rupert Murdoch has gone on to win. The press would then be against Jeremy Corbyn who will conflict with their interests, hence why some conservatives have started petitions as they perceive to sabotage the leadership by voting for him.
The second, but becoming less important point is he is not the favourite to win based on odds and maybe perceived as unlikely to win. However the backing of Unite, who represent workers, believe he is the best person for the job, with many public endorsements and a campaign gathering momentum with odds being slashed from 100-1 to 3-1 show he is a real contender. Furthermore the recent change by Labour means anyone can vote in the election, meaning that you could create a serious change in who wins for a one off fee of £3, with votes between the 14th August and 10th of September.
In summary, Jeremy Corbyn is the MP the country needs, showing differentiation from the Conservatives and a return to the roots of Labour (who brought us the NHS in 1946 among other things). A difference between Labour and Conservative will show that wealthy individuals are the only ones truly benefiting from the current system.
(1979 was the last left wing MP for Britain and similarly the highest point for equality but unfortunately this has changed as illustrated by the graph below)
For more information: https://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/sites/default/files/Income%20Inequality%20UK.pdf
He is an old left wing Labour candidate like those of the past, creating better lives for normal people, meaning Jeremy Corbyn’s policy to increasing the minimum wage to £10, among others will result in improving the quality of lives for the majority of people. Therefore the fairer distribution of wealth to help the poorest in society will create a better equality for the UK. Creating a better economy due to more money available for everyone being spent, in contrast to vast sums of money being stored in untaxed offshore accounts by the richest of society. Therefore improving the lives of not just the poor but the middle class in society as well, which is why I implore you to pay £3 and vote for Jeremy Corbyn.
As a reminder, the votes are available anytime between the 14th August and 20th September so don’t forgot to vote when it opens and, if he gets in, vote for him and the Labour Party in 2020.
Plus he’s won best parliament beard of the year a record 5 times!
For information on his policies: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/what-the-labour-party-could-look-like-under-jeremy-corbyn-10406317.html
Sources for other information: The Electoral Commission, Guardian, BBC News, Labour, Telegraph, Equality Trust
Sources for photographs of participants: Wikipedia