Until recently, Jeremy Corbyn was barely known outside political circles, yet last summer he rode a wave of popular enthusiasm to win the Labour Party leadership by a landslide, with a greater mandate than any British political leader before him. So how did this very British iconoclast manage to snatch the leadership of a party he spent forty years rebelling against? Who is he and where did he come from? And what exactly happened over the space of an extraordinary summer to propel an old lefty called Jeremy to inspire and excite hundreds of thousands of people, and breathe new life into the socialist ideals that he, almost alone, has held true to for so many years? Journalist and author Rosa Prince will in this lecture talk about her new book Comrade Corbyn: A Very Unlikely Coup: How Jeremy Corbyn Stormed to the Labour Leadership.
Rosa Prince (@RosaPrinceUK) is an award-winning political journalist and a member of the team that broke the 2009 expenses scandal. Having worked in the Lobby for the Daily Mirror and Daily Telegraph for more than ten years, Rosa also served as US Correspondent for the Telegraph, and is a frequent commentator on political television and radio channels including Sky News, the BBC and Radio 5Live.
Professor Jenkins is a Governor of the LSE and a Visiting Professor in the Government Department. Kate was Vice Chair of the School until recently. She was also a Commissioner on the LSE's recent commission report on Confronting Gender Inequality.
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