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Labour supporters should never have doubted Jeremy Corbyn

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With all the usual caveats, the exit polls have spoken and they have sent us into excited shock. It has already been described as the most sensational exit prediction that people can recall: if the exit figures are to be believed, Labour’s vote is up and has risen by more than the Conservative vote. If correct, Labour has climbed 34 seats to 266 – putting some kind of victory in sight. Spare a thought for those at Conservative HQ right now.

Speaking to Sky News earlier, film director Ken Loach summed up his view on what lies behind this extraordinary exit poll – the rise of Jeremy Corbyn set against Theresa May’s waning appeal: “People have recognised an authentic man of principle, as opposed to someone who is acting like a robot.” For all the naysayers that underestimated Corbyn, casting him as incompetent, while mocking his suits and dismissing his politics – well, just take a look at that poll.

Of course it’s only a projection and there’s a long night ahead of us. But whatever happens, few could deny the Labour leadership has run an extraordinary campaign: vibrant, engaged, modern and inspiring, it frequently........

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