JEREMY Corbyn has gone from rebellious backbencher to Prime Minister-in-waiting in a political earthquake that has rocked the Labour party to its foundations.
He has recently been accused of viewing British Jews as a “hostile entity” and siding with anti-Semites among his supporters. Here’s the lowdown…
Who is Jeremy Corbyn?
Born in Chippenham, Wilts, on May 26, 1949, Corbyn is the youngest of three sons.
After private prep school and state grammar school, he worked briefly at a local newspaper before, at the age of 19, he volunteered in Jamaica for two years.
He then worked as a trade union organiser and was elected a councillor in Haringey, North London, aged 24.
In 1983 Corbyn, 69, was elected as Labour MP for Islington North, the constituency he has represented since.
On his website, Corbyn says: “I remain every bit as determined to fight for a better society today, as I was then.”
As a backbench MP he was known as a radical who backed hard-left policies and voted against his own party more than 500 times.
Following Labour’s defeat in the General Election in May 2015, Corbyn announced he was standing as a candidate as party leader.
He was seen as a rank outsider, but stunned Westminster by winning the party leadership in September.
Who is Jeremy Corbyn married to?
Jeremy Corbyn has been married three times.
His third wife, Laura Alvarez, is an ex-banker who is 20 years younger than him.
She met Jeremy Corbyn after he helped sister, Marcela, with a custody battle.
The pair conducted a long distance relationship before marrying in her native Mexico in 2013.
She then moved to London, where she moved into a £1million home in Islington, ditching her career in the financial industry
She now runs a business importing fair trade coffee.
Corbyn was divorced from his second wife, Chilean exile Claudia Bracchitta, in 1999 after 12 years of marriage. They have three sons together.
He was married to his first wife, academic Jane Chapman, from 1974 to 1979.
How did he become Labour leader?
Jeremy Corbyn spent most of his 35-year career as an MP as an obscure backbencher.
But in a remarkable turn of events the bearded throwback leftie was propelled from the political fringe to leading the UK’s main opposition party.
Ed Miliband, who lost the General Election against the odds in 2015, decided to open up future leadership contests to the public for a £3 fee.
But instead of drawing in a wide spectrum of society, the opportunity to vote was seized by a hard left faction which later became known as Momentum.
And so with their support the crumpled maverick won the votes.
Corbyn’s low-fi style in contrast to other polished politicians also won him support from young people looking for a no-frills socialist leader.
His leadership was then challenged in 2016 after his lacklustre support for the Remain camp in the Brexit vote.
After a no-confidence vote was supported by 172 Labour MPs to 40 against, a leadership battle began between Corbyn and Welsh MP Owen Smith.
But after Momentum marshalled support for him, Corbyn actually increased his leadership from 59.5 per cent to 61.8 per cent.
However, after just four years doing the job it was rumoured he was “tired and fed up”.
Allies have reportedly claimed he’ll soon hand over to another MP.
One Shadow Cabinet member told the Evening Standard: “Corbyn is ready to step down. He wants to step down.”
What’s his net worth?
According to Spears, the Labour leader’s net worth is a staggering £3million.
What is his stance on Brexit?
Corbyn sent the PM a letter on February 6 outlining exactly how the Labour Party will support May.
The Labour leader made it clear that her modifications to the Northern Irish backstopare not enough to win his party’s support.
He told her that if she makes these five legally-binding commitments that Labour will support her.
The commitments are:
- A customs union that would include a say in future trade deals
- Being closely aligned with the single market
- Having UK standards on rights and protections similar to the EU
- Clear commitments on the UK’s future participation in EU agencies and funding programmes
- Cemented agreements on future security agreements with the UK
Now, Corbyn is suggesting that Labour WILL back a second referendum in his latest Brexit flip-flop.
The leftie leader said there should be a “public vote” on any deal agreed by Parliament.
His U-turn comes after Labour slipped to third place in the polls with Remainers abandoning the party in favour of pro-EU rivals.
The party has previously said it would support a second referendum in order to stop No Deal or a bad Tory deal.
But now Mr Corbyn has suggested he’ll back a so-called people’s vote on any deal at all.
The Labour leader told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “I want us to get a good deal and then have a decision of the public after that.
“If we can get that through Parliament, the proposals we’ve put, then I think it would be reasonable to have a public vote to decide on that in the future.”
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Will Jeremy Corbyn be Prime Minister?
The next general election is not due until 2022 – although in today’s topsy-turvy politics, no one would rule out an earlier ballot.
A fresh election could be sparked if Theresa May lost a no-confidence vote in the Commons, for instance.
Jeremy Corbyn would become Prime Minister if Labour won a majority or were able to form a minority government or coalition.
An ICM opinion poll on March 20 had Labour on 41 per cent, three points behind the Tories.
That gap could easily close, as before the last election Labour were trailing by 24 points but eventually won around 40 per cent of votes.
Bookies currently rate Mr Corbyn the 5/1 second favourite to be Britain’s next PM, behind Tory Brexiteer Boris Johnson at 9/2.
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What has he said about the minimum wage?
Labour has vowed to pay £10-an-hour minimum wage and this will include those under the age of 18.
At present under-18s are only entitled to earn £4.35 per hour and those over 25 are entitled to £8.21
Mr Corbyn said: “Equal pay for equal work is hardly a controversial idea, so why are we discriminating against young people?
You don’t get a discount at the shops for being under 18.
“But if the person serving you on the other side of the counter is young, they could be on half the wage of their colleagues.
“It’s time to end this discrimination. Young people’s work should be properly valued, not exploited by employers to cut their wage bill. If they’re doing the job, pay them the wage – the real living wage.”