Jeremy Corbyn

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Jeremy Corbyn
MP
Jeremy Corbyn.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Islington North
Incumbent
Assumed office
9 June 1983
Preceded by Michael O'Halloran
Majority 12,401 (27.8%)
Personal details
Born (1949-05-26) 26 May 1949 (age 64)
Chippenham, Wiltshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Children 3 sons
Alma mater Adams' Grammar School
Website www.jeremycorbyn.org.uk

Jeremy Bernard Corbyn (born 26 May 1949) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Islington North since 1983.

Early and personal life[edit]

He attended Adams' Grammar School in Newport, Shropshire. He is the younger brother of Piers Corbyn, who is unconvinced about the physical basis for human-caused global warming.

He currently lives in Finsbury Park and has three sons. Previously Corbyn lived in Lausanne Road in Harringay where he was active in securing the future of a small local park created from a World War II bomb site.

Political career[edit]

He is considered one of the most left-wing of Labour MPs and is member of the Socialist Campaign Group. He has a weekly column in The Morning Star. A long-time supporter of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), he is one of its three Vice-Chairs. Before his election to Parliament, he was an elected councillor in the London Borough of Haringey (1974–83). He is on the London Regional Select Committee.

Stop the War[edit]

He was fiercely opposed to the Iraq War and has spoken at many anti-war rallies in Britain and overseas. He is an elected member of the Stop the War Coalition steering committee. On 31 October 2006, Corbyn was one of 12 Labour MPs to back Plaid Cymru and the Scottish National Party's call for an inquiry into the war.[1]

Campaigns[edit]

He is a long standing supporter of a United Ireland, inviting Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams to London in 1984.[2][3]

Corbyn is a prominent Amnesty International member. He campaigned for the trial of the late former Chilean dictator, General Pinochet.

Corbyn announced in December 2006 that he was considering running for the Labour party deputy leadership to provide an anti-war candidate, but in the event did not stand as it would be unlikely that the contentious politician would emerge victorious.[4]

He is one of the signatories to Tony Banks' "Pigeon Bombs" Early Day Motion and Michael Meacher's Climate Change EDM, in stark opposition to his brother, weather forecaster Piers Corbyn's view on climate change.

According to a BBC article,[citation needed] Jeremy Corbyn along with John McDonnell have signed a petition Calling on UK to lift the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – which is registered as a terrorist group by the European Union.[5]

He has campaigned against the Gaza–Israel conflict, and promotes the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.[citation needed]

In early 2013, Corbyn co-signed a letter which was published in the Guardian newspaper which officially marked his support for the People's Assembly movement.[6]

In 2013, Corbyn attended a conference in London, organised by the Argentine Foreign Ministry, calling for dialogue between the UK and Argentine governments on the question of Falkland Island sovereignty.

In 2013, Corbyn an advocate for dalit rights, told the Indian Express newspaper that caste prejudice was "exported to the U.K. through the Indian Diaspora. The same attitudes of superiority, pollution and separateness appear to be present in South Asian communities now settled in the UK".[7]

Unison[edit]

Corbyn is an MP sponsored by the UNISON trade union, and is a committed anti-fascist having spoken at the Unite Against Fascism and Barking and Dagenham TUC anti-British National Party rally in December 2001[8] and also speaking at the organisations annual conference in 2007 attacking the record of the media and calling for a No Platform of the BNP.[9]

Rebellion[edit]

Since 2005 he has defied the whip 238 times (25% of the time),[10] making him one of the most rebellious Labour MPs, only matched by Kate Hoey.

Awards[edit]

Corbyn won the 2001 Beard of the Year award, after having described his beard as "a form of dissent" against New Labour.[11]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Labour MPs who rebelled on Iraq". BBC News. 31 October 2006. Retrieved 31 October 2006. 
  2. ^ http://www.politics.co.uk/reference/jeremy-corbyn
  3. ^ "BBC NEWS – Find Your MP – Islington North – Jeremy Corbyn". BBC News. 
  4. ^ Hélène Mulholland (20 December 2006). "Meacher set to challenge Brown from left". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Call on Britain to lift ban on LTTE". TamilNet. 28 December 2006. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  6. ^ People's Assembly opening letter http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/feb/05/people-assembly-against-austerity 5 February 2013, The Guardian Newspaper.
  7. ^ http://www.ibtimes.com/indian-caste-system-imported-britain-dalits-say-yes-upper-caste-hindus-say-no-1343069 Caste prejudice exported to the U.K. through the Indian Diaspora
  8. ^ "Unite Against Fascism successful counter-rally against the BNP in Dagenham outnumbers fascists 7 to 1". Unite Against Fascism. 12 December 2006. Retrieved 30 April 2010. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Jerry Dammers, Babyshambles, Peter Hain MP join trade unions, faith leaders and MPs at anti-BNP conference". Unite Against Fascism. 14 February 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2010. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Voting Record for Jeremy Corbyn". 
  11. ^ Malvern, Jack (10 January 2002). "Beards – Diary". The Times. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michael O'Halloran
Member of Parliament for Islington North
1983–present
Incumbent