With Jeremy Corbyn Elected as New Leader, Britain’s Labour Party Takes a Hard Left Turn

September 12, 2015 11:59 AM

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With Jeremy Corbyn Elected as New Leader, Britain’s Labour Party Takes a Hard Left Turn

LONDON - Britain’s opposition Labour Party on Saturday took a remarkable leftward turn, electing as its leader Jeremy Corbyn, a longtime socialist committed to nationalizing key industries, scrapping Britain’s nuclear missile system and reversing the centrist policies of previous leaders such as Tony Blair.

The result of the contest, announced on Saturday morning in London, gave stewardship of the Labour party to the hard left for the first time in more than three decades, a development seen here as one of the most surprising upsets in modern British politics.

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