25 campaign groups and activists back Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader

The surprise frontruner for the Labour leadership has been given a boost with the support of 25 campaign groups.

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Jeremy Corbyn's bid for the Labour leadership has been backed by 25 grassroots campaigners in an open letter to the New Statesman. The signatories, who range from anti-austerity campaigns to media reform groups, and include Walter Wolfgang, the octagenerian who was ejected from Labour party conference for heckling tony Blair, describe parliamentary politics as "fundamentally flawed and stagnant" but argue that Corbyn "stands miles apart" from his rivals for the Labour leadership.

The letter will strengthen Corbyn's argument that he is best-placed to appeal to voters who have rejected the Labour party or do not vote at all. 

The full text is below:

As grassroots campaigners and activists working for social change from outside Westminster, we recognise the fundamentally flawed and stagnant state of Parliamentary politics in this country.

However, it is foolish to suggest that it doesn't make any difference who is in Government or who is the leader of the main political parties.

Jeremy Corbyn stands miles apart from the other Labour leadership contenders and he has consistently stood up for the issues we campaign on. Whether he's been leading anti-war marches, standing up for the rights of disabled people or calling for radical solutions to the housing crisis, Jeremy has always been on the side of social movements.

We know a lot of people are sceptical about the Labour Party, for many very legitamate reasons. We urge people, despite those concerns, to back a true campaigner leading the opposition.

 

 

Marc O'Neill, UK Uncut

Linda Burnip, Disabled People Against Cuts

Deborah Hemanns, National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (National Committee)

Alistair Cartwright, Media Reform Coalition

Diane Skidmore, Fuel Poverty Action

Rob Lugg, Ritzy Living Wage Campaign 

Selma James, Global Women's Strike

Suresh Grover, The Monitoring Group

Pragna Patel, Southall Black Sisters

Zita Holbourne, National Co-chair Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC)

Dr Jason Moyer-Lee, President International Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB)

Paul Mackney, Co-chair Greece Solidarity Campaign (pc)

Joy Hurcombe, Chair of the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign 

Sex Workers Open University

Dave Wetzel, Transforming Communities

Moazzam Begg,  CAGE

Walter Wolfgang, Vice chair Labour CND

Daniel Voskoboynik, This Changes Everything UK

Hilary Wainright, Founding Editor Red Pepper Magazine

Francesca Martinez, Writer & Comedian 

Ewa Jaciewicz, Writer & Activist

John McArdle, Co-Founder Black Triangle Campaign 

Joe Taylor, National Community Activists Network

Gabriel Bristow, London Play & Youth Work Campaign 

Dr Jo Ram, Community Reinvest

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman, the EI Political Commentator of the Year, and the PSA's Journalist of the Year. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics.