By Alex Nunns
"A invaluable, insightful account … too well-reported to not read." —Aditya Chakrabortty, The Guardian
"The most sensible researched account i have noticeable to date." —Clive Lewis MP
"Insightful... so far as the leader's closest allies are involved, Nunns's publication is the main authoritative but released on his rise." —Stephen Bush, the hot Statesman
"If you’ve been encouraged through the flow turning out to be round Jeremy Corbyn, or just need to know a piece extra concerning the Labour leader’s not going upward push to energy, this is often the booklet for you.” —Liam younger, columnist, The Independent
“What Alex Nunns has completed with The Candidate is awesome. it is the actual, inside of tale of the crusade to go with Jeremy Corbyn, from the floor up. it truly is as though anyone has the contributors with a video digital camera all through, conscientiously detailing the real moments. yet it really is greater than that: it bears all of the hallmarks of somebody who surely is familiar with the decisive forces that made up the Corbyn second. And Nunns communicates all this expertly. The booklet reads like a political mystery, or even although we know the finishing, it really is however an significantly intriguing read.” —Red Labour
“Grippingly informed … Alex Nunns has performed a true provider in explaining [Corbyn’s] route to power.” —Mike Phipps, Labour Briefing
In September 2015 an earthquake shook the rules of British politics. Jeremy Corbyn, a lifelong and uncompromising socialist, was once elected to go the Labour celebration. Corbyn didn’t simply win the management contest, he trounced his competitors. The institution used to be aghast. The respectable competition now had as its chief a guy with a plan, in accordance with the conservative day-by-day Telegraph, “to flip Britain into Zimbabwe.”
How this notable twist of occasions took place is the topic of Alex Nunns’ hugely readable and richly researched account. Drawing on first-hand interviews with these taken with the crusade, together with its such a lot senior figures, Nunns lines the origins of Corbyn’s victory within the dissatisfaction with Blairism stirred by way of the Iraq conflict and the 2008 monetary crash, the movement to the left of the exchange unions, and alterations within the electoral principles of the Labour occasion that grew to become out to be surreally at odds with the intentions of these who brought them. The approach of one-member-one-vote, which introduced Corbyn’s good fortune, used to be adverse by means of these at the left and used to be heralded via Tony Blair who defined it as “a lengthy past due reform that… I must have performed myself.”
Giving complete justice to the dramatic swings and nail-biting tensions of a rare summer time in united kingdom politics, Nunns’ telling of a narrative that has obtained common cognizance yet little realizing is as illuminating because it is wonderful. He teases out a plotline of such improbability that it'd be unusable in a piece of fiction, supplying the 1st convincing clarification of a extraordinary phenomenon with huge, immense outcomes for the left in Britain and beyond.
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