Corbyn Wins!

So Corbyn won, and won even better than all predictions. Nearly 60% in the first round of a four person race is pretty incredible. Corbyn won 85% of the vote amongst the £3 sign-ups, but nearly 49% of full Labour members gave him their first preference. For all the talk of ‘entryism’, in the end it didn’t matter. Corbyn would have won anyway. This is a good summary of the results:

The wishful thinking of the anti-Corbynists in Westminster led to rumours of a late surge for Yvette Cooper. She managed just 17% of first preferences. It turned out to be what always happens on the eve of landslide elections – the media tries to make it seem close right up to the wire. And what of the margin of victory? As Guardian journo Nick Watt put it:

This is just not acceptable to many in Labour. Jamie Reed tweeted his resignation letter as Corbyn was giving his victory speech:

“Who he?” Said John Prescott (one suspects it was his desire to be known that was the reason for the timing of his resignation):

Further resignations soon followed, but for many of them, this is probably apt:

For some though, celebrations (of a sort). A certain Telegraph blogger seemed pleased his livelihood for the next five years was now assured:

The Tories also reacted with glee. “Over-egging it” springs to mind. Is Corbyn “unelectable” or “a serious risk”. They don’t seem to have made their minds up yet:

Even “The Donald” is excited:

Putting all that aside, it’s going to be an interesting few days/weeks/months. Can Corbyn build a team and come to a consensus about attacking the Government and proposing a clear alternative of their own? His first test will come straight away in Parliament as debate on the Government’s anti-union bill begins and the Welfare Bill comes back to the House. The Tories also seem keen to go to war again in the Middle East. It will be interesting to see how many of Corbyn’s Parliamentary colleagues agree. This is the first time in a long time I find myself actually enthusiastic about one of the main party leaders. Long may this optimism continue!

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