From The Guardian: Jeremy Corbyn has once again defied the expectations of opponents and pollsters with a Labour result that may not necessarily put him in Downing Street, but has delivered a hung parliament rather than the anticipated cull of his MPs.
The man who began his campaign to be Labour leader as a 100-1 outsider, and was routinely derided as unelectable, ended up increasing the number of Labour seats, a prospect seen by many as unthinkable when the election was called on 18 April.
As a series of Conservative target seats stayed resolutely in Labour hands, followed by a string of gains for his party, pre-election speculation about what scale of losses would necessitate a Corbyn exit was replaced by exultant talk of a new style of politics.
From the moment the exit poll arrived at 10pm on Thursday, indicating that Labour would increase its number of seats by 34, with a net loss of 17 for the Conservatives, the former was ebullient, with a spokesman saying this would be “an extraordinary result”.
“There’s never been such a turnaround in a course of a campaign,” he said. “It looks like the Tories have been punished for taking the British people for granted.”
Speaking after he held his Islington North seat with an overwhelming majority, Corbyn said he was “very proud of the results that are coming in all over the country tonight. You know what? Politics has changed. Politics isn’t going back into the box where it was before. What’s happened is, people have said they’ve had quite enough of austerity politics, they’ve had quite enough of cuts in public expenditure, under-funding our health service, under-funding our schools, our education service, and not giving our young people the chance they deserve in our society.”
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