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5 reasons to back Jeremy Corbyn for Labour Leader – let’s take on the Tories!

By Aaron Kiely, Barbara Ntumy, Ben Hayes and Fiona Edwards of Student Broad Left

There is only one week left to left to register as a Labour Party supporter so you can vote for Jeremy Corbyn to be the next leader of the Labour Party. You can register online as a supporter here - it only costs £3.

Jeremy for Labour Leader

The Tories are deeply unpopular and so are their policies – only 1 in 4 people voted for them in May. We need to build a massive, broad movement to take on the Tories, austerity, racism, war and their entire reactionary agenda. That’s why we are backing Jeremy Corbyn for Labour Party Leader.

Here are 5 reasons to register as a Labour Party supporter and vote Jeremy Corbyn to be the next Labour Party Leader:

1. No more austerity.

Jeremy has set out a real alternative to austerity and the disastrous consequences it is having for the majority of society. His plan to boost investment instead of cuts in public services, alongside improving infrastructure and technology will boost growth, jobs, close the deficit and reverse falling living standards. This economic plan will raise the living standards and quality of life for the majority of society.

2. Free education for all.

Jeremy has pledged to scrap tuition fees and restore grants for university students, recognizing the role education plays in personal development, social justice and boosting economic growth and jobs. He has also set out a plan for a National Education Service, modeled on the NHS and designed to provide universal and free education for all throughout our lives. This marks a radical alternative from the drive towards a neo-liberal education system which has seen massive tuition fees, education cuts and soaring student debt.

3. No to racist scapegoating and attacks on immigration.

Jeremy is a longstanding anti-racist campaigner and as Labour leader would stand up to attacks on immigrants, asylum seekers and Black communities facing racist attacks. At a time when Tory politicians are seeking to blame immigrants for an economic crisis caused by the bankers and austerity, we need prominent voices to stand up to racism.

4. Yes to equality and liberation.

Jeremy’s record on opposing sexism, homophobia and disability discrimination in second to none in this leadership contest. In the 1980s, a time when supporting LGBT rights was branded as ‘loony left’, Jeremy voted against the Tories’ section 28 which sought to demonise same-sex relationships.

Disabled people have been hardest hit by the austerity measures and as Disabled People Against Cuts have pointed out, it is Jeremy Corbyn that has consistently voted against attacks on disabled people as well as supporting protests and actions to resist these attacks.

Jeremy’s ‘Working With Women’ manifesto sets out bold strategies to promote stronger equality between women and men including moving towards a system of universal free childcare and an end to cuts to public services and welfare that are driving women and families into poverty.

5. For international peace and justice.

Jeremy has been a consistent campaigner for peace and against war, colonialism and nuclear weapons for decades. He has opposed the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria as well as supporting the Palestinians’ struggle for justice, against Israel’s illegal occupation. Jeremy has also been a champion of and supporter of movements for social justice and democracy and opposed the imposition of neo-liberalism by the West in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. He is also a key supporter of CND and supports the scrapping of Trident nuclear weapons which are costing the taxpayer £100 billion to renew. Jeremy has also campaigned for serious and urgent action to tackle climate change.

So register as a Labour supporter today and vote Jeremy Corbyn to be the next Labour Party Leader.

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