Two days after his dramatic victory, Jeremy Corbyn presides over a divided Labour party
LONDON — On paper, it was a landslide.
Left-leaning favourite Jeremy Corbyn romped to victory in the Labour leadership race Saturday, achieving almost 60% of the 400,000 votes cast. His rivals, Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall, didn’t stand a chance.
However, his victory has triggered a schism in a party that has a fair amount of soul-searching ahead.
A cavalcade of resignations followed in the hours after the announcement. Cooper and Kendall were among those to quit, while Mary Creagh, Chuka Umunna, Tristram Hunt, Rachel Reeves, Chris Leslie, Jamie Reed, Emma Reynolds and Shabana Mahmood all said they wouldn’t serve in Corbyn’s shadow cabinet. Read more…