Tuesday 25 July 2017

'People are rising up against austerity' - Bernie Sanders congratulates Jeremy Corbyn after UK election

Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders

Kathy Armstrong

People are revolting against austerity at the polls, Bernie Sanders has claimed.

The former US Democratic presidential candidate said he is "delighted" for the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn after the party's best election result in years.

As a hung parliament is confirmed and rumours circulate that Theresa May could step down as prime minister, Sanders congratulated Corbyn.

He told The Washington Post: "I am delighted to see Labour do so well.

"All over the world people are rising up against austerity and massive levels of income and wealth inequality.

"People in the UK, the US and elsewhere want governments that represent all the people, not just the 1 per cent.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at the Sobell Leisure Centre in Islington, north London, where counting is taking place for the General Election. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at the Sobell Leisure Centre in Islington, north London, where counting is taking place for the General Election. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

"I congratulate Jeremy Corbyn for running a very positive and effective campaign."

Read More: Key quotes as dramatic general election night unfolded

Sanders has previously said that he supports Corbyn's stance on certain economic issues.

He told the Independent: "Corbyn has shown a lot of courage in dealing with some of the economic issues.

"I applaud Jeremy Corbyn for raising those issues because at the end of the day if we are going to create governments that work for all of us, if we’re going to deal with healthcare and create great education systems and protect the environment and combat climate change…
"We need to have a government of what Abraham Lincoln described as of the people, by the people and for the people, and not a government of billionaires and large, multinational corporations.

"So I applaud Corbyn for raising those issues."

Online Editors

Promoted articles

Editors Choice

Also in World News