Corbyn said to have won more votes than anyone in history
With thanks to Felicity Arbuthnot for this link
It was satisfying to watch David Dimbleby elicit praise for Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign and results from Labour MPs like Tom Watson, John Woodcock, Yvette Cooper Chukka Umunna who ultimately had to ‘eat their words’ – most reluctantly.
Then came these news items about the vote in Corbyn’s constituency, Islington North:
- It had the highest turnout (73.3 per cent) since 1951,
- the Labour leader won 40,086 votes
- His majority was 33,215.
This despite the attempt to manipulate public opinion – a Times/ YouGov poll last year found that 97% agreed that the “mainstream media as a whole has been deliberately biasing coverage to portray Jeremy Corbyn in a negative manner” and earlier this year the BBC Trust upheld a complaint against the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg, ruling that one of her early reports on Jeremy Corbyn breached accuracy and impartiality guidelines.
Laura Kuenssberg has now lost that round and rapidly found a new target to taunt.