Labour leadership race: Party gives positive reaction to Corbyn's candidacy

 
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Jeremy Corbyn leads an anti-war delegation with former MP George Galloway in 2003 (Source: Getty)

Many politicians and commentators from across the political spectrum have welcomed the addition of Jeremy Corbyn to the Labour leadership race, standing on a "clear anti-austerity platform".

As Corbyn announced his candidacy on Wednesday, he said:

This decision to stand is in response to an overwhelming call by Labour members who want to see a broader range of candidates and a thorough debate about the future of the party. I am standing to give Labour party members a voice in this debate.

In the first day on his campaign to muster the necessary support of 35 MPs, Corbyn has been backed by three: Jon Trickett, Clive Lewis and John McDonnell.

Upon announcing his support for Corbyn, Lewis said that the debate required greater "depth and breadth".

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Among his other supporters was Ken Livingstone, who said that Corbyn's record on opposing the Iraq war and his links to the unions made him a good candidate.

Owen Jones, left-wing columnist, said that Corbyn needed to be nominated for the ballot in order to have a "genuine leadership debate about policy".

Some on the right of politics also announced their support for Corbyn. Ukip MP Douglas Carswell urged people to "please" let Corbyn win - or "failing that, Andy".

Andy Burnham and Jeremy Corbyn are seen to be the more pro-union candidates in the tight race. Carswell used the hashtag #DisplaceLabour in his tweet, implying that he believed that another leader to the left of the party would make them unelectable.

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