Informit article: Jeremy Corbyn and a post-austerity Britain

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Steering the course of the future Left?

On 7 May 2015, the Conservative Party won the UK election on a platform of austerity, promising tax breaks for big business and cuts to social spending, all in vital service of the economy. Following its defeat, the British Labour Party held its leadership contest. And for the first time, this was done democratically: by opening voting to members and supporters for a small fee. With 59.5 per cent of the vote-the largest mandate ever achieved by a British party leader-Jeremy Corbyn won the contest.

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