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Corbyn thanks daily after ‘humbling’ front page endorsement

Corbyn Record 2Labour leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn has thanked a Scottish daily which endorsed him for the job.

Mr Corbyn, who is currently favourite to win the role, says he has been “humbled” after the Daily Record splashed on its support for him on Wednesday.

The Glasgow-based Record is only the second newspaper in the country after the Morning Star to officially endorse the anti-austerity candidate.

In response, Mr Corbyn spoke to the paper and posed with a copy at his campaign office, above left.

He said: “I’m humbled to have the backing of one of our great papers, one that has such a long tradition of support for the Labour Party.

“I’m sure that at least in part this endorsement will have been made with Labour’s future in Scotland in mind, which is important as Labour have a real need to reconnect with communities in Scotland if we are to succeed across the UK.

“Labour cannot advance in Scotland if we do not reconnect with the Scottish people and we cannot win a general election without speaking to Scotland.”

The Record has offered its backing to Mr Corbyn on the belief he represents “core Labour values” and will improve the lives of people in Scotland if elected.

The Record’s move has been welcomed by newly elected Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, who writes a weekly column in the paper.

She said: “I think it’s great. We’ve got a very lively UK-wide leadership contest just now and I’ve said repeatedly that I’d be delighted to work with any of the four leadership candidates.

“I was struck by the Record’s editorial because what it asks for is some hope and vision from politicians.

“That is a challenge I will rise to. I’ll be excited to work with any of the four UK leadership candidates in the weeks ahead.

“It’s a paper that I write for, I’ve got a tremendous amount of support from the Daily Record.”

Readers have also welcomed the Record’s endorsement.

Publisher Jim Greenway, 58, from Greenock, said: “This is a great decision, and I’m glad The Record is the first newspaper to come to its senses.”

Barman Paul Sutherland, 21, from Glasgow, added: “I’m glad the Record are backing someone who fights for something he believes in.

“He is fighting to bring real Labour and left-wing politics back to the UK.”

Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall are also standing, with the winner due to be announced on 12 September.


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  • August 21, 2015 at 10:07 am

    What a surprise the Daily Record supports uber left wing candidate? The rest of the grown ups are in silly season trying to plait sawdust.

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  • August 21, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Is this the same Jeremy Corbyn who is normally so dismissive of the tabloids ? Yup, the very same.

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  • August 22, 2015 at 12:47 am

    The Daily Record is known as ‘The Glasgow Beano’. Not exactly the paper for thinking people. It is also known as Labour’s in-house journal and is sister to the Daily Mirror. It’s sales are plummeting, so it may be a help to JC, but not much of one. If JC doesn’t win it will be interesting watching the Record shift ground to its usual Labour Leader Loyalist (sorry!) position, as indeed it will.

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