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    Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn shares a joke with Jennie Formby on day two of the annual Labour party conference in Brighton. (File)

    Corbyn Ally Wins Leadership of UK Labour Party Leaving Less Room for Moderates

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    Britain’s Labour Party has increasingly shed the influence of its former leader Tony Blair since electing Jeremy Corbyn in September 2015.

    The position of Secretary General of the British Labour Party has been won by a firm ally of the party's leader Jeremy Corbyn, further cementing the left-factions hold against the "moderate centrist" faction. Jennie Formby succeeded with the overwhelming support of the newly elected National Executive Committee (NEC) has also come to be dominated by allies of the Labour leader.

    ​Ms. Formby's candidacy was further bolstered by the withdrawal from the race of the leading candidate, Len McCluskey, a co-founder of the grassroots Labour movement Momentum which has been instrumental in mobilizing popular support for Mr. Corbyn in the face of repeated leadership challenges from many of his own fellow Labour MPs.

    ​The new Secretary General served as director of the Unite union from 2013 to 2016 and is believed to be committed to deepening the party's reliance on grassroots campaigns such as Momentum in order to unseat Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May's Government.

    Labour is expected to do well in London's upcoming council elections on May 3, with some projections showing the Conservatives losing control of all municipal councils in the capital, possibly providing the trigger for a challenge to the Prime Minister from within the Conservative Party.    

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    centrists, city council elections, socialism, leadership, National Executive Committee, Momentum, British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, United Kingdom
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