Jeremy Corbyn is a British politician serving as Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition since 2015. Corbyn has been the MP for Islington North since 1983. After leaving secondary school he worked as a reporter for the Newport and Market Drayton Advertiser. At the age of 19, following his work with the local newspaper, he spent two years doing VSO in Jamaica as both a youth worker and geography teacher
Ideologically, Corbyn identifies as a democratic socialist. He advocates reversing austerity cuts to public services and welfare funding made since 2010 and proposes renationalisation of public utilities and the railways. An anti-war and anti-nuclear campaigner since his youth, he broadly supports a foreign policy of military non-interventionism and unilateral nuclear disarmament. He was the Chair of the Stop the War Coalition from 2011-2015. He has amassed huge support from young voters and in particular millennials.
Jeremy Corbyn’s ambivalence towards the Remain cause arguably cost them the campaign.
As the results of the referendum were announced it turned out that Labour voters had picked up on his alleged lacklustre speeches in support of the Remain campaign and the Euro-favouring labour MPs could not swing the public around.
While the Labour Party seemed committed to Remain, its leader did not. Robert Colvile a political commentator for Politico said ‘his pro-Remain speeches sounded more like hostage videos than rallying calls’.
He could have played a decisive role in Britain remaining in the EU, but ended up, rather inadvertently becoming one of the reasons for the ‘Leave’ cause’s victory.