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Socialist Corbyn wins UK Labour leadership in landslide

Newly elected as leader of Britain's opposition Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn address a pro-refugee rally in central London on September 12, 2015, following the announcement he had been nominated as the party's new leaderVeteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of Britain’s Labour opposition on Saturday in a landslide victory that puts an anti-austerity figure at the helm of a major UK party. The 66-year-old, whose policies have been compared to those of radical leftist Greece’s Syriza and Spain’s Podemos, won after clinching 59.5 percent of the vote, giving Britain its most left-wing leader in decades among the main parties. The new Labour chief could divide Britain’s biggest opposition party, and he immediately faced shadow cabinet resignations amid warnings from party grandees that Labour could be consigned to electoral oblivion.

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