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Jeremy Corbyn Points Out Shaky Math Behind Claims of ‘Trotskyite Infiltration’ Into Labour Party

After Britain’s deputy Labour leader, Tom Watson, told media that the extreme left is attempting a takeover of the party, his boss called him out on his “nonsense.” Meanwhile, several U.K. academics are demanding a meeting with the BBC to discuss its alleged bias against Corbyn.

Posted on Aug 14, 2016 READ MORE


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Jeremy Corbyn Wins Another Battle as the War Against His Labour Party Leadership Continues (Video)

It’s dizzying to try to keep up with the drama of British politics in the post-Brexit era as resignations and elections seem to never-endingly roll in. Through it all, however, one man has continued to weather the storm of betrayals and right-wing plots.

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 READ MORE



Future British Prime Minister Theresa May Is Not More Feminist Than Jeremy Corbyn by a Long Shot

The country that lived through Margaret Thatcher’s premiership should know better than to believe a female leader will protect women’s rights purely on the basis of her gender.

Posted on Jul 12, 2016 READ MORE



Noam Chomsky and Over 100 Intellectuals Denounce ‘Savage’ Media Treatment of Britain’s Jeremy Corbyn

“We do not expect journalists to give any elected leader an easy ride,” they wrote in a letter published by The Guardian, “but Corbyn has been treated from the start as a problem to be solved rather than as a politician to be taken seriously.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2016 READ MORE



Chilcot Report on Iraq War Is ‘Damning Verdict’ for Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair (Video)

The United Kingdom’s official inquiry into the Iraq War has revealed that former Prime Minister Tony Blair “deliberately exaggerated [the] threat from Iraq” and did not exhaust all possibilities before resorting to military action. After the report was released on Wednesday, current Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn issued an apology on behalf of his party for its role in the war. (Updated)

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE



The Real Reason Labour Elites and Commentators Hate Jeremy Corbyn and the Movement Behind Him

American anthropologist David Graeber digs beneath the superficial justifications for the Labour Party’s failed “chicken coup,” as it’s now being called, to understand the true reasons why members of Parliament and political commentators want Corbyn out.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE



A Progressive American in London: My Thoughts on Brexit and the Revolt Against Jeremy Corbyn

After voting to leave the European Union, the U.K. needs serious discussions on a progressive way forward. For that, it needs Corbyn at the helm of the Labour Party.

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 READ MORE


Rally Outside U.K. Parliament Boosts Embattled Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn (Multimedia)

Take a look at the clips and photos Natasha Hakimi Zapata, a Truthdig assistant editor, collected when she joined Corbyn’s grass-roots followers as members of his party tried to force his resignation after the Brexit vote.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdigger of the Week: Jo Cox, British Parliament Member Who Was Slain

Cox, a progressive, fought hard for any cause that inspired her, such as the plight of Syrian refugees and keeping Britain in the European Union—two that may have inflamed her killer.

Posted on Jun 19, 2016 READ MORE



How Not to Talk About the Nazi Era and Israel/Palestine

The fallout from a witch hunt in which British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters were accused of anti-Semitism reminds us that both sides flinging comparisons with Nazism at each other only distracts from the legitimate issue of Palestinian rights.

Posted on May 18, 2016 READ MORE



London Elects a Muslim Mayor

As he was sworn in Saturday, Labour Party member Sadiq Khan said to rapturous applause that he “never dreamt” he would become London’s mayor. His victory also makes him the first Muslim mayor of any European Union capital.

Posted on May 7, 2016 READ MORE



Actor Danny DeVito Endorses Bernie Sanders in the U.S. and Jeremy Corbyn in the U.K. (Videos)

The Hollywood star weighed in on politics recently in a clip that went viral and even prompted Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to pitch a film idea.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 READ MORE



Some Labor Members of Parliament Want Jeremy Corbyn to Step Down

Two Labour members of Britain’s Parliament are demanding that Jeremy Corbyn resign as party leader. Corbyn’s allies respond that they should accept the party’s democratic selection.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Jeremy Corbyn Takes Down Big Banks During Surprise Appearance

By Natasha Hakimi

“The bankers created a crisis, the government’s responded by cutting services, increasing the costs of the poorest people and making the richest even richer,” the leader of Britain’s Labour Party said Thursday night at the O2 Forum Kentish Town, a concert hall in London.

Posted on Feb 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Glenn Greenwald Compares 7 Stages of Establishment Backlash Against Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders

The journalist with The Intercept has done a great job of recording how establishment reactions to the rise of Bernie Sanders feel a bit like British déjà vu.

Posted on Jan 24, 2016 READ MORE



The Corbyn Effect: Survey Shows Huge Support in Labour Party for Its Leader

It seems that Jeremy Corbyn is successfully reshaping the Labour Party in the U.K., with a survey showing “overwhelming support for him [and] a decisive shift to the left.”

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE



2003 All Over Again? On Eve of Syria Vote, U.K. Is Warned Against ‘Rush to War’

“We must do everything we can to stop MPs voting the U.K. into its fourth war on a Muslim country in 14 years,” Stop the War coalition says.

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 READ MORE



Study Finds British Press ‘Systematically Undermined’ Progressive Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn

In an analysis of nearly 500 articles on the recently elected U.K. Labour Party head, the Media Reform Coalition found that the majority of the pieces printed were “ ‘negative,’ meaning they were openly hostile or expressed animosity or ridicule.”

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE



Jeremy Corbyn to Apologize for Labour Party’s Role in Iraq War

Corbyn, a leading member of the Stop the War coalition and vociferous opponent of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s decision to drag the U.K. into the Iraq War, is expected to say that Labour will “never make the same mistake again.”

Posted on Sep 26, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: The Kind of Society We Want

By Jeremy Corbyn

We celebrate the values of solidarity, of compassion, of social justice, fighting for the underprivileged, and of working for people at home and abroad. These things are not dreams, but practical realities that we, together, intend to achieve.

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdigger of the Week: Jeremy Corbyn, Fighter for Social Justice, Peace and Human Rights

Although his feet have barely touched the ground, the Labour Party’s new leader, a man of principle, is already reinvigorating British politics.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE



How the Left Can Win in the U.K. and Elsewhere

One of the lessons of Jeremy Corbyn’s election to the head of the British Labour Party is that the “entrenched, institutional power of the Right” can be undone only by combining the passions of disparate social groups in a broad populist movement.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE



Jeremy Corbyn Creates a Minister for Mental Health Role in His Opposition Party’s Cabinet

Britain’s new Labour leader, a staunch advocate of mental health programs, has appointed Luciana Berger to the new post in his administration. “We have delivered a unifying, dynamic, inclusive new Shadow Cabinet which for the first time ever has a majority of women,” Corbyn said.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE



Where Is Our Jeremy Corbyn?

The election of the socialist to head Britain’s Labour Party is a harbinger of the global revolt against neoliberalism, corporate tyranny and the U.S. war machine. It is time Americans join the fight.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE



How Left Wing Is Jeremy Corbyn Actually?

The recently elected head of the U.K. Labour Party has been called a “threat to national security” by British Prime Minister David Cameron and “old-fashioned” by former Prime Minister Tony Blair. But there’s something these establishment politicians are not revealing.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE



Jeremy Corbyn Set to Become Leader of the U.K.’s Labour Party, Against Huge Odds

Long marginalized by his party’s establishment, the unlikely outsider is set to usher in a return to Labour’s more radical values.

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 READ MORE



The Real Reason Jeremy Corbyn Deserves to Be the Next U.K. Labour Party Leader

The U.K. socialist supports many progressive policies, but there’s one in particular that makes him worthy of heading the Labour Party; some TV shows can have a strong impact on our psychological tendencies; meanwhile, target shooters are destroying ancient rock art in Utah. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 READ MORE



Meet the U.K.’s Bernie Sanders

Like our very own Bernie Sanders, socialist Jeremy Corbyn, who’s likely to be the next leader of the United Kingdom’s Labour Party, has “tapped a deep well of resentment against the mainstream political elite.”

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 READ MORE



U.K. Candidate Says He Will Apologize for Labour Party Role in Iraq War If He’s Elected

Left-wing politician Jeremy Corbyn is making quite a stir as he takes the lead in the race to replace Ed Miliband as head of the United Kingdom’s Labour Party.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE



Did U.K. Conservatives Threaten the BBC With Cuts During the Recent Election?

In an eye-opening piece for The Guardian, one of the Labour Party leader’s senior advisers claims that the Tories continually interfered with press freedoms during the U.K. general election by threatening BBC journalists and executives.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE



How David Cameron’s Wizardry Won Him the U.K. Election

Prime Minister David Cameron’s surprising success in winning an outright majority of seats in Britain’s Parliament is the result of a paradox: The country’s center both held and flew apart at the same time.

Posted on May 12, 2015 READ MORE



U.K. Election Results: Tories Trounce Labour to Win Five Years of Conservative Rule

Prime Minister David Cameron will lead a majority conservative government unchecked by centrist constraints.

Posted on May 8, 2015 READ MORE



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VIDEO: Russell Brand: ‘Mr. Don’t Vote’ Changes Mind

The comedian and activist advocates voting after looking at the British political landscape and interviewing the Labour Party leader.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE



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If the U.K. Economy Is Improving, Why Are Over a Million People Forced to Use Food Banks?

Figures regarding the United Kingdom’s recovering finances fail to account for drastic growth in the number of British citizens resorting to emergency food banks just to get by.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Companies Are Leading Bidders in British Health Service Sell-Off

Cancer and end-of-life services relied on by some 3.8 million beneficiaries of the British National Health Service may be sold off to private U.S. health care companies that will be free to restructure the services along lines of profitability rather than quality of care.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE


What John Oliver Thinks About the U.K. Labour Party’s Patronizing Pink Bus

Why a political party in the United Kingdom thought it wise to paint a bus pink to attract female voters is hard to understand. But at least it gave the “Last Week Tonight” host material for a humorous segment about “the Barbie bus.”

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



U.K. Parliament Urges Recognition of Palestine in a Symbolic Vote

There are 650 members of the British parliament, so the vote Monday by 271 of them to recognize Palestine is hardly an overwhelming victory for supporters of this position. However, the symbolic impact of the vote is quite large.

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 READ MORE


A 91-Year-Old Man Gives Incredibly Moving Speech on the Importance of Universal Health Care

Speaking at the United Kingdom’s Labour Party conference Wednesday in what seems like poetic verse, the nearly century-old Harry Smith recalls his youth in the tenements of England, the “desperation of poverty” and the horrors of life before the National Health Service was implemented, all of which inspired him to vote for the first time.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



British Socialist MP Tony Benn Dies at 88

The Labour parliamentarian was a leader who seemed too good to be true for everyone in the bottom 90 percent of the economy in Britain and everywhere else. Here is a collection of statements made by and about him.

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 READ MORE



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British Political Rebel Makes Triumphant Return

George Galloway, the British politician remanded to all but oblivion after being expelled from the Labour Party in 2003 and losing office in 2010, made an unexpected comeback Friday when he upset Britain’s major political party candidates to win a parliamentary by-election.

Posted on Mar 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Can Europe’s Left Rebound?

The question is whether 2012 will mark a comeback by a left invigorated by a growing unhappiness with rising economic inequalities and a backlash against austerity policies aimed at saving Europe’s common currency. (Pictured, British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband.)

Posted on Mar 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Britain Stands Alone After EU Veto

If pushing away from the European Union was British Prime Minister David Cameron’s goal in making the U.K. the only nation in the region to veto a proposal to renegotiate the EU treaty, he got what he wanted Friday.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE



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There Are More Like Me, Norway Shooter Says

Anders Breivik, the Norwegian man who killed a combined 76 people in the heart of Oslo and on the island of Utoeya last week, told a judge Monday that “two more cells” belonging to his supposed terrorist organization are at large. (more)

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Simon Dawson

Gordon Brown Says He’ll Step Down

Who’ll rule Britannia? That remains to be seen, exactly, as several unsolved variables are still in play after last week’s election, but no matter how the power-sharing configuration takes shape, one thing’s for sure: Prime Minister Gordon Brown won’t be part of it.

Posted on May 10, 2010 READ MORE


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Blair’s Exit Date Set

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced that he’ll be moving out of 10 Downing Street to make way for his successor on June 27.  Blair revealed when he would step down and looked back on the highs and lows of his time in office in a speech to a group of Labour Party supporters in Sedgefield on Thursday.

Posted on May 10, 2007 READ MORE


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