Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, gives an election campaign speech in Basildon, June 1, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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For a radical socialist written off by many as a no-hoper leading Britain's Labour Party to its worst-ever election defeat on June 8, Jeremy Corbyn is pulling in big crowds. Corbyn, a 68-year-old peace campaigner, has been speaking at modestly attended fringe rallies for decades. In a leisure center car park on the outskirts of Reading, 65 kilometers from London, more than a thousand people gathered in the middle of a working day, some leaving behind their desk jobs and even climbing trees to catch a glimpse of Corbyn.Another who attended Corbyn's rally said he was curious about a politician who appeared genuine.After losing a second successive national election in 2015 Labour took a sharp turn to the political left.By attracting thousands of zealous young new supporters and re-engaging hard-left activists who had abandoned the party under Blair, Corbyn created a power base that helped him survive an attempted coup by party moderates last year.A campaign source said momentum behind Corbyn had been building ever since election broadcasting regulations, which ensure party leaders get airtime, came into force a month ago.
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