More than 600,000 members, both old and new, who had faith in him were rewarded: On Sunday in Liverpool, Jeremy Corbyn’s parousia — the Second Coming — was finally accomplished. The Liverpool conference paid tribute to the leader with a monumental victory, 61 percent of the total vote against the feeble 38.2 percent for Owen Smith, a stooge slain at the last moment by the centrist members of the party who were frantically searching for a nonexistent moderate superhero who does not terrify their friends in the City.
The counting revealed there was an impressive voting turnout of 77.6 percent out of 640,500 eligible voters, including party members, trade union and supporters. Corbyn pocketed 313,209 votes, against 193,229 for his rival: a widely expected outcome but this does not change the expectations on the most anticipated conference in the history of the Labour Party, which officially opened Monday. A definitive mandate, which far exceeded the results we already saw when he became the unlikely protagonist last September, when he outclassed the other three candidates and won an already very respectable 59.5 percent of the vote.
In his second inaugural address, Corbyn committed to mend the deep tear in the party. He reiterated the line of the last few days, opening to the dissidents, stressing the common heritage that unites all Labour members regardless of their individual trends and declared his willingness to welcome back the conspirators with open arms.