Jeremy Corbyn Life History
Corbyn was born in Chippenham, Wiltshire and brought up in nearby Kingston St Michael. He is the youngest of the four sons of Naomi Loveday (née Josling; 1915–1987), a maths teacher, and David Benjamin Corbyn (1915–1986), an electrical engineer and expert in power rectifiers. His brother Piers Corbyn is a physicist and meteorologist. His parents were Labour Party members and peace campaigners who met in the 1930s at a committee meeting in support of the Spanish Republic at Conway Hall during the Spanish Civil war. When Corbyn was seven years old, the family moved to Pave Lane in Shropshire.
Adult life History ( born 26 May 1949)
1960 – 1965 Educated at Adam’s Grammar School
1964 Member of Wrekin Young Socialists and Joined the League against Cruel Sports.
1965 Joined the Wrekin Branch of the Labour Party
1966 Joined the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Became Vice Chair and subsequently Vice President.
1967 Worked as a Reporter for the local newspaper, the Newport and Market Drayton Advertiser
1968 (age of 19) Spent two years doing Voluntary Service Overseas in Jamaica as a youth worker and geography teacher.
1969-70 Travelled through Latin America, visiting Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile. Whilst in Sao Paulo Brazil he participated in a student demonstration in against the Brazilian military government. He also attended a May Day march in Santiago, where the atmosphere around Salvador Allende’ Popular Unity alliance swept to power in the Chilean elections of 1970
1971 Worked as an official for the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers.
1972 Worked as a trade union organiser for the National Union of Public Employees and Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union where his union was encouraged by Tony Benn and “encouraged … to produce a blueprint for workers’ control of British Leyland”; the plans did not proceed after Benn was moved to a different Department.
1973 Elected as a member of the Local Health Authority
1974 Elected to Haringay Council South Hornsey Ward. Also became Secretary of Hornsey CLP
1978 Attended the Labour Party Conference as a delegate from Hornsey, Corbyn successfully moved a motion calling for dentists to be employed by the NHS rather than private contractors.
1978 -83 Relected to Haringay Council
1979 Agent and Organiser for Hornsey General election
1979 Wrote for London Labour Briefing publication.
1981 Worked on Tony Benn’ unsuccessful Labour leadership campaign
1982 In the July 1982 edition of Briefing, Corbyn opposed expulsions of the Trotskyists and entryist group Militant. In the same year, he was the “provisional convener” of “Defeat the Witch-Hunt Campaign”, based at his then address
1982 Selected as candidate for Islington North beating the then GLC Paul Boateng (who became the first black MP) by 39 votes against 35
1983 Elected as MP for Islington North and joined the Socialist Campaign Group of which he became secretary. Corbyn spoke out on a “no socialism without gay liberation” platform and continued to campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. He was a campaigner against apartheid in South Africa, serving on the National Executive of the Anti Apartheid Movement and was arrested in 1984 while demonstrating outside South Africa House. A viral image of Corbyn being arrested was circulated by supporters on social media.
1983 Wrote a weekly column for the Morning Star newspaper.
1984 He invited striking Miners into the House of Commons gallery. They got expelled from the building for shouting “Coal not Dole.”
1985 Appointed national secretary of the newly launched Anti Fascist Action
2011-2015 National Chair of The Stop the War Coalition
2015 May Corbyn wrote that “the Star is the most precious and only voice we have in the daily media”
2015 Sept. Elected Leader of the Labour party (with min 35 nominations) following the resignation of Ed Milliband. He won with a first round vote of 59.5%.
2016 Jun. After the UK voted to leave the EU Labour MP’ passed a Vote of No Confidence in Corbyn by 172 votes to 40 following the resignations (orchestrated by Alistair Campbell) of around 2/3 of Corbyn’ Shadow Cabinet
2016 Sept. Corbyn retained party leadership with an increased share of the vote at 61.8%
2017 February, The Morning Star Star said about Corbyn: “He has been bullied, betrayed and ridiculed, and yet he carries on with the same grace and care he always shows to others –however objectionable their behaviour and treatment of him might be.”
2017 Snap General Election Labour (under Corbyn) finished as the second largest party in parliament, but increased their share of the popular vote to 40%, resulting in a net gain of 30 seats and a hung parliament. It was the first time Labour had made a net gain of seats since 1997, and the party’s 9.6% increase in vote share was its largest in a single general election since 1945.
2018 Leader of the largest political party in Europe with double the members of the UK’s 2nd largest party, the Tories and more members than all the other political parties in the UK added together.