Corbyn team looks to Syriza and SNP model for campaign

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24th July 2015

Jeremy Corbyn and his campaign team have said Labour needs to learn from other European movements like the SNP, Syriza and Podemos. 

Labour leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn

Mr Corbyn told the Daily Mirror Labour needed to echo the anti-austerity message of Syriza and Podemos or risk losing support in the same way that centre-left parties in Greece and Spain have.  

“I have been in Greece, I have been in Spain. It’s very interesting that social democratic parties that accept the austerity agenda and end up implementing it end up losing a lot of members and a lot of support. I think we have a chance to do something different here,” he said.

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Meanwhile, Jon Trickett, one of the most senior members of Mr Corbyn’s campaign team, has written in the New Statesman that the Labour party needs to learn from the parties’ grassroots tactics.

“We need to start from the premise that no successful movement started in Westminster and was rolled out from on high,” he said.  

“This is the lesson of Podemos, Syriza and even the SNP. But it also the lesson of our own history.”

Liz Kendall, one of the other leadership contenders, said earlier in the month that Labour needed to shun the “fantasy politics” offered by “extremist” political parties like Podemos and Syriza.

Ms Kendall trails in fourth behind Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham in the leadership race, according to a YouGov poll for The Times this week. Mr Corbyn leads the rest of the pack.

‘CONTINUITY VS OPPOSITION’

Mr Trickett, who served in Ed Miliband’s Shadow Cabinet, argued that there was a need for a “clean break” with the past when the new leader is elected.

“Electing a leader who occupies a variant of the current cosy consensus world view will not deliver a majority to the party. And this is because a party of the centre-left cannot reconcile the needs of its electorate with the desire for continuity.

“Therefore we need to offer a clean break with the recent past. But simply changing our policy orientation will not work either. We need a new kind of leadership. It will not do to ask the party to back the candidate who looks, sounds like the rest of the political class.”

The new leader will be announced on 12 September.