Britain's left-wing unions jubilant at Corbyn victory

The Trades Union Congress general secretary, Frances O'Grady, warned of the need for Labour to regain the trust of the electorateTrade union activists declared themselves “thrilled” with the election of veteran campaigner Jeremy Corbyn as leader of Britain’s main opposition Labour Party at an annual congress of unions on Sunday. The yearly meeting of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), a gathering of unions, peace movements and international solidarity groups, was held in the coastal city of Brighton one day after the anti-austerity stalwart Corbyn stunned many in his own party by sweeping to a decisive victory. “We are thrilled with Jeremy Corbyn’s victory!” said 27-year-old David Sharkey, adding that Corbyn’s triumph showed unions re-emerging as a powerful force in the Labour party they founded, after being sidelined under the more centrist “New Labour” of former leader Tony Blair.

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