Labour Party Elects Irish Republican as Leader

Jeremy Corbyn – a man who has never made a secret of his closeness to Sinn Fein – has just been elected leader of the Labour Party (with nearly 60% of 1st preference votes).

So Irish Republicanism has just scored its greatest victory through a democratic process on British soil. There’s something weirdly ironic about that.

It’ll be interesting to see if the SDLP continues to be Labour’s “sister party” in Northern Ireland.

But I suspect Andy Burnham’s aspiration for Labour to properly organise and contest elections here is little more than an aspiration from a failed Labour leadership candidate.

Free market libertarian. Businessman. Small government advocate. Former Vice-Chair, Conservative Party in NI. Fellow, Institute of Economic Affairs. Former Regional Chair, Business for Britain (the business voice of VoteLeave).