Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Brookes historian comments on Jeremy Corbyn's election as Labour leader

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Professor Glen O'Hara has been commenting in the media about the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader. Writing for politicalbetting.com, he argues that the choice of Mr Corbyn represents something much more than just the 'Corbynmania' around the main himself: it emanates from deep-seated anger, and online activism, at and about inequality and the unequal economic recovery. Writing for The New Statesman online, Professor O'Hara has dissected the first polls and by-election results for Labour under Mr Corbyn's leadership. He argues that the prospects for the 2020 General Election seem 'bleak' given the Party's lack of a polling 'bounce' under the new leader, as well as evidence that English Conservative and United Kingdom Independence Party voters are alienated by Mr Corbyn's policy agenda.