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Corbyn wins Labour leadership contest

Jeremy Corbyn has been named as the new leader of the Labour party

The one-time outsider has beaten fellow candidates Yvette Cooper, Andy Burnham, and Liz Kendall to the role.

Corbyn took almost 60 per cent of the vote winning over the party in a move which many have said will spell the end for New Labour.

Voting results: Round one

Jeremy Corbyn: 251,417  (59.5%)

Andy Burnham: 80,462 (19%)

Yvette Cooper: 71,928 (17%)

Liz Kendall: 18,857 (4.5%)

The results were announced at the QEII Conference centre in London this morning (12 September), where Tom Watson was also declared the party’s new deputy leader.

The AJ had previously revealed the profession’s widespread support for Corbyn. In the AJ’s recent survey, 74 per cent of respondents said he was their first choice for leader. Cooper came a distant second with ten per cent support, Burnham had nine per cent and Kendall registered six per cent.

Architects were won over by his brand of ‘Corbynomics’ and social housing-focused policies.

Of all the candidates, Corbyn had the most detailed housing policies. His nine-page housing manifesto pledged to build 100,000 council homes per year, lift the borrowing cap on local authorities, scrap right-to-buy, and introduce a National Investment Bank to support new-build housing projects.

Throughout the leadership race Corbyn came under fire from all sides. Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell, and Gordon Brown all hit out at the 66-year-old, while architects, despite the profession’s support for him, were also worried he could struggle to deliver his policies.

Corbyn wins Labour leadership contest

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