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Professor Tim Bale, Leftist Jeremy Corbyn elected leader of Labour Party

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Jeremy Corbyn’s stunning transformation from perennial leftist rebel to leader of the Labour Party upended British politics on Saturday and delivered a striking message worldwide: At this anti-establishment moment, parties of the left are just as vulnerable to populist takeovers as parties of the right – reports The Washington Post. “This isn’t just a leftist phenomenon. It’s a populist phenomenon,” said Professor Tim Bale. “It’s the idea that voters are fed up with politics as usual and an elite that’s compromised.”
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Click here to listen to Professor Bale talk on BBC Radio 4 about the election result (11 minutes in)