Jeremy Corbyn was elected as the leader of the Labour Party in 2015, after the resignation of Ed Miliband after the Conservative party led by David Cameron won the general election.
Married three times ( his current wife Laura Alvarez was a human rights lawyer in her native Mexico) with three sons, grammar school educated and a vegetarian, Corbyn has been the MP for Islington North since 1983.
After a brief sojourn into journalism at his local newspaper in Market Drayton. he spent two years with Voluntary Service Overseas in Jamaica before embarking on a course in Trade Union Studies at North London Polytechnic.
Abandoning academia he moved directly into the world of Trade Unions and worked for the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers and the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union, finally stepping into the world of politics in 1974 when he was elected to Haringey Council.
Corbyn stepped closer to the inner circle of the Labour Party in 1981 by working on Tony Benn’s deputy leadership campaign, which preceded his own election as an MP in 1983.
With strident left-wing beliefs, it is no surprise that he never rose in the ranks of the party during the Blair government (1997-2010). In fact it is on record that he vote more against his own party policy than any other MP.
Only just securing the required 35 nominations to enter the Labour Party leadership race, Corbyn was seen as a rank outsider by bookmakers to secure the role in 2015. Andy Burnham led the field with Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall all thought to have a greater chance of success and party grandees warning that Corbyn’s politics would make the party unelectable for a generation.
Going on to gain the support of six trade unions as well as constituency votes, Corbyn went on to win 59.5% of the vote and secured the top job in September 2015 becoming the Leader of the Official Opposition.
Corbyn was quoted as being “seven and a half out of ten” in favour of staying in Europe during the 2016 Referendum campaign.
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