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Daily gives backing to Corbyn in Labour leadership contest

A Scottish daily has come out in support of Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn.

The Glasgow-based Daily Record has urged readers registered to vote in the contest to back Mr Corbyn “for the sake of our nation”.

The Record splashed on its support for Mr Corbyn yesterday, pictured below, accompanied by an editorial which affirms the newspaper’s belief that he best represents the “core Labour values” needed to build a fairer country and improve the lives of Scottish people.

Mr Corbyn is currently favourite to be elected to the role ahead of Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall.

The Record is one of the few newspapers to come out in support of a particular candidate, with its Trinity Mirror sister title The Mirror lending its backing to Mr Burnham and The Guardian supporting Ms Cooper.

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The Record’s editorial reads: “Corbyn’s anti-austerity message inspires people and restores their faith that a better way is possible.

“And with the first unadulterated true-blue Tory Government in power for almost 20 years, we desperately need Labour to reconnect with its roots.

“Across the UK, the injustices are plain to see. The City goes back to making money as if nothing had happened, the use of food banks is soaring, child poverty is on the rise and the gap between rich and poor has widened enormously.

“Despite all this, Labour has failed to construct a message that resonates with voters… until Corbyn emerged as a potential leader.”

Mr Corbyn has held rallies in Dundee, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow as part of his campaign, which the Record describes as “breathtaking”.

The paper further claims “the stars have aligned and Corbyn’s moment has come”.

The editorial concludes: “So we ask our readers who have a vote in the contest to think about the long-term health of the party. Can a move to the right really be the answer?

“Is conceding that the Tories are correct about welfare scroungers really the way forward?

“No – and nor is a lurch to the far left that leaves Labour in the ditch.

“Somehow, the party must weld the enthusiasm around Corbyn’s principles to the wider popular appeal that wins votes.

“That marriage requires incredible political skill and determination – qualities which no candidate has on their own. Together though, united, Labour can win.

“The party has done it before. For the sake of the country, it must do so again.”

The winner of the leadership contest is due to be announced on 12 September.


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  • August 20, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    With the SNP dominating the left the Record couldn’t have let itself drift further to the centre – and further away from its traditional readership – by backing one of the mainstream candidates. Of course it’s ridiculous but quite a cute move. Only danger is it now has to be seen to at least give some backing to Corbyn’s crazier policies. Potential problems over longer term there.

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  • August 20, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    The Daily Record’s role, like that of the Daily Mirror, has, and always will be, to wean the lower income groups away from socialism. Period.

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  • August 20, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Thank goodness the four remaining Labour supporters in Scotland now have some clear guidance on the matter.

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  • August 21, 2015 at 6:08 am

    Does it really matter? With the current frenetic state of politics there will be on or even two Labour leaders after Corbyn by the time the General Election comes round in 2020.

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