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The Jeremy Corbyn Story: Profile of Labour's new leader. Image copyright Reuters Jeremy Corbyn's election in September 2015 as Labour leader, at the age of 66, counted as one of the biggest upsets in British political history. His re-election to the post almost a year later was not such a surprise but could prove even more momentous in terms of Labour's direction in the coming years and the future course of British politics. Seeing off the challenge of Owen Smith, who had the backing of the majority of Labour MPs, has made Mr Corbyn, for the time being at least, seemingly unassailable and increased the likelihood that he will lead the opposition into the next general election - scheduled for 2020.

If that is the case, Mr Corbyn will be a highly influential figure during one of the most important political periods of the past 50 years - as the clock ticks down to the UK's exit from the EU following the Brexit referendum vote. Image copyright PA 'My turn' "Well, Diane and John have done it before, so it was my turn. " Image copyright Getty Images. Unseasonal gloom among Labour MPs. Image copyright NASA "I am not going to this year's Labour conference. The idea that I would stand there and applaud the man that stuffed my party is nonsense. " So spoke one senior Labour figure who had helped Ed Miliband to the party leadership in 2010 - and who hasn't been impressed by his successor. After being away from Westminster for a few weeks, I thought I'd catch up with Labour MPs who had also been away from SW1 and were gathering again - not just in formal meetings but at social events - just two weeks before the ballot in the party's leadership election closes.

Their views were perhaps not entirely surprising - before the summer recess, 80% of them had voted against Jeremy Corbyn in a confidence vote on his leadership. But let's just say their collective mood didn't reflect the late summer sunshine. Image copyright Getty Images But they didn't. And it is by no means clear that MPs alone will elect the shadow cabinet. Election drubbing Naked ambition Image copyright AP. Labour leadership election: Jeremy Corbyn v Owen Smith. Image copyright PA/Getty Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith are going head-to-head in the Labour Party leadership contest. Here's a guide to the timetable and rules of the race, and what sparked it. Labour leadership election timetable 19-20 July: The number of MP nominations for each candidate was published20 July: Deadline for people to sign up as a registered supporter closed22 August: Ballot papers start to be sent out in the post and by email21 September: Deadline for ballot papers to be returned is midday24 September: The result will be announced at a special conference in Liverpool Who can vote in Labour leadership contest?

Labour Party members, affiliated trade union supporters and so-called registered supporters are able to vote, although there are some key differences from the 2015 contest which Jeremy Corbyn won. Labour Party members need to have signed up on or before 12 January to be eligible to vote. Who are the candidates? Jeremy Corbyn Image copyright Getty Images Owen Smith. Labour leadership: Corbyn v Smith on making the party electable. UKIP leadership candidates who want to succeed Farage. BBC Radio 4 - Analysis, Tories: Nasty or Nice?

BBC Radio 4 - What's Left? The Future of the Labour Party. Round-up: 2015 Political party conferences. Here are the highlights of the 2015 political party conference season. Conservative Party Image copyright Getty Images David Cameron promised "an all-out assault on poverty" in his leader's speech. The prime minister also launched an attack on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, accusing him of having a "Britain-hating ideology". George Osborne said the Conservatives are "the true party of labour", and called on the party to "extend our hand" to people who feel "completely abandoned" by Labour's new leadership. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told a fringe meeting the government was right to press ahead with cuts to tax credits because the UK must become as hard working as China.

Here is a full round-up events in Manchester. Labour Party Image copyright PA Jeremy Corbyn delivered his first conference speech as Labour leader, vowing to create a "kinder politics, a more caring society". Here is a full round-up of events in Brighton. The Scottish National Party Here is a full round-up of events in Aberdeen. Jeremy Corbyn victory: How hard is it to be authentic? - BBC News. Image copyright AP The party members watching the announcement at Crawley's Labour club were stunned by the size and speed of Jeremy Corbyn's victory.

"We're on our way! " chortled one man gleefully. "To oblivion," added his more cynical friend. Mark Stephens, a long-time party member, has his concerns - but they are not shared by his wife, Michaela. She is 24 and became a supporter, and so Corbyn voter, in the past few weeks for just £3.

She feels at last there is a Labour leader who gives it straight, and has Labour values in his heart. The fact of Jeremy Corbyn's victory is staggering. This election is many things. It is part of a long, dark night of the soul for the Labour Party after elimination in Scotland, near wipeout in the south of England, the failure to discuss what went right and what went wrong during 13 years of government, and ducking the debate about the legacy of Tony Blair, Labour's most successful, most detested leader.

A different politics Image copyright EPA Betrayal.