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Tuesday, 22 October, 2002, 16:30 GMT 17:30 UK
Jeremy Corbyn

Date of birth

26 May 1949

Political profile

Jeremy Corbyn was first elected to the Commons in 1983.

He remains committed to the same Socialist vision - a vocal critic of Thatcher and Major he is also the most consistent rebel in the parliamentary Labour party.

He is a left wing member of the Campaign Group and is an outspoken critic of the government's record on human rights and civil liberties, and especially of their treatment of asylum seekers.

He attracted criticism in the 1980s for his championing of Sinn Fein and support for a united Ireland.

He was a champion of the Birmingham Six and Guildford Four before their releases.

Mr Corbyn has been a vocal opponent of the US led war on Iraq.


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