Jeremy Corbyn elected Labour leader

The veteran leftwinger - who started the race as a 100/1 outsider - has triumphed in the race to replace Ed Miliband. 

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Jeremy Corbyn has triumphed in the Labour leadership race, defeating Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall. He won on the first round, with 59.5 per cent of the vote.

The Islington North MP has shocked the pundits and the bookmakers alike - when the veteran leftwinger entered the race, William Hill gave him odds of 600 to one. Even his local paper restricted him to a nib. He made it onto the ballot with just seconds to spare, and few believed he could go the distance.

But early polling of the contest, seen by the New Statesman on 15 July, put Corbyn in a commanding position. A YouGov poll for the Times confirmed the story. The win not only represents a triumph for Labour's left wing, but a rehabilitation for the troubled pollster, which was badly burned by their failure to call the 2015 election correctly. 

Stephen Bush is political editor of the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics.

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