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Corbyn win shakes up UK Labour as Blair's shadow fades

Anti-austerity leftwinger Jeremy Corbyn’s crushing win to become leader of Britain’s opposition Labour could divide his party’s MPs but give a boost to its grassroots power, commentators said on Sunday. The veteran socialist’s victory with 59.5 percent of the vote also marks a break with the legacy of controversial former prime minister Tony Blair and his centrist “New Labour” movement of the 1990s. “Death of New Labour,” read a front-page headline in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

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