Jeremy Corbyn appeared on the Andrew Marr show today, here is the full interview.
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“ Of course we can take part in the argument online, but if we really want to achieve the fundamental change that Corbyn offers, then we have to get out there and talk to the people who don’t agree with us, to convince them of our case for a fairer society. If we don’t do that, then the nay-sayers who claim Corbyn is unelectable will have been proved right. And if that happens – if we are unable to counter the lies and smears put about by the Tories and their allies – we will have no one to blame but ourselves. ”
Having voted for Jeremy Corbyn in the leadership race via my membership of the Musicians Union, I went along to my first Labour Party branch meeting in Bridport last night.
The room was packed, with some standing at the back, many of us attending for the first time. After welcoming newcomers, the chair informed us that the branch now has over 200 members, which is not bad for a Tory safe seat in a rural area. He was impressed by the number of young people who had joined and stated his hope was that, in a year’s time, someone in their twenties would be chairing our meetings.
Once the brief formalities were over, we began discussing how the party would be changing in the light of Corbyn’s commitment to giving party members a greater say in making policy. It was agreed that, rather than send someone to speak for us at General Committee meetings, they should be open to all members to come along and make contributions.
With party conference just 10 days away, our Constituency Labour Party delegate was present to hear our views on the issues that we felt were important. We discussed affordable housing, the NHS and the renewal of Britain’s nuclear weapons.
The chair also proposed that we began reaching out to other parties that might share our aims and, as a result, we agreed to invite the local Green Party to send a delegate along to address our next meeting.
We also heard that, on some occasions in the past, leafleting had been done by the chair alone, for lack of available volunteers. It was hoped that this would change with the new influx and that the party would be able to get its message out locally. I felt this was the most crucial part of the meeting. If we hope to overcome the torrent of abuse and misinformation directed towards Corbyn’s leadership, then we have to become active.
In the past few weeks, we have overturned the all-powerful Blairite machine within the party and served notice to the political class that we demand different solutions to the problems that our society faces. However, to have voted for Jeremy Corbyn without now engaging in his struggle – our struggle – is to reduce your participation to little more than a Facebook like.
Of course we can take part in the argument online, but if we really want to achieve the fundamental change that Corbyn offers, then we have to get out there and talk to the people who don’t agree with us, to convince them of our case for a fairer society. If we don’t do that, then the nay-sayers who claim Corbyn is unelectable will have been proved right. And if that happens – if we are unable to counter the lies and smears put about by the Tories and their allies – we will have no one to blame but ourselves.
I’m not prepared to sit at my keyboard and watch helplessly while that happens, so last night I came home and joined the Labour Party.
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Jeremy Corbyn MP
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Party Chair and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office
Tom Watson MP
Shadow First Secretary of State, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
Angela Eagle MP
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
John McDonnell MP
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Seema Malhotra MP
Shadow Home Secretary
Andy Burnham MP
Shadow Foreign Secretary
Hilary Benn MP
Opposition Chief Whip
Rosie Winterton MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Health
Heidi Alexander MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Education
Lucy Powell MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Owen Smith MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
Maria Eagle MP
Shadow Lord Chancellor, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
Lord Falconer of Thoroton
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Shadow Minister for the Constitutional Convention
Jon Trickett MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
Lisa Nandy MP
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
Chris Bryant MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
Lilian Greenwood MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Vernon Coaker MP
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
Diane Abbott MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
Ian Murray MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
Nia Griffith MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Kerry McCarthy MP
Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities
Kate Green MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
Michael Dugher MP
Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration
Gloria De Piero MP
Shadow Minister for Mental Health
Luciana Berger MP
Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
Baroness Smith of Basildon
Lords Chief Whip
Lord Bassam of Brighton
Shadow Attorney General
Catherine McKinnell MP
Shadow Minister without Portfolio
Jonathan Ashworth MP
Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning
John Healey MP
Jeremy Corbyn has been elected Leader of the Labour Party with almost 60% of the vote. He got a majority of votes amongst Labour Party members, affiliated supporters and registered supporters.
Tom Watson was elected as Deputy Leader.
Full voting figures are on the Labour Party website
“We go forward as a movement and a party, stronger, bigger and more determined than we have been for a very long time … We are going to reach out to everyone in this country, so no-one is left on the side, so everyone has a decent place in society”