What is Jeremy Corbyn’s stance on Brexit, how did he become Labour leader and what’s his net worth?

JEREMY Corbyn rose to the top spot of the Labour Party in 2015 and has been causing issues for the Tories ever since.

But with Boris Johnson elected as the new Tory leader, is this his time to make a leadership move? Here’s what we know about Corbyn.

 Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn


Labour leader Jeremy CorbynCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Who is Jeremy Corbyn?

Jeremy Corbyn is the leader of the Labour Party.

He spent three decades as a backbencher before taking the top spot in the lefty party.

Born in Chippenham, Wilts., on May 26, 1949, Jeremy Corbyn is the youngest of three sons.

After attending a private prep school and state grammar school, the politician briefly worked at a local newspaper and at the age of 19, he volunteered in Jamaica for two years.

He then worked as a trade union organiser and was elected a councillor in Haringey, North London, aged 24.

In 1983 Corbyn, 70, was elected as Labour MP for Islington North – the constituency he has represented ever since.

On his website, Corbyn says: “I remain every bit as determined to fight for a better society today, as I was then.”

As a backbench MP he was known as a radical who backed hard-left policies and voted against his own party more than 500 times.

Following Labour’s defeat in the General Election in May 2015, Corbyn announced he was standing as a candidate as party leader.

He was seen as a rank outsider, but stunned Westminster by winning the party leadership in September.

 Corbyn and his wife Laura Alvarez during the Durham Miners' Gala


Corbyn and his wife Laura Alvarez during the Durham Miners’ GalaCredit: PA:Press Association

Corbyn has been married three times.

His third wife, Laura Alvarez, is an ex-banker who is 20 years younger than him.

Corbyn divorced from his second wife, Chilean exile Claudia Bracchitta, in 1999 after 12 years of marriage. They have three sons together.

He was married to his first wife, academic Jane Chapman, from 1974 to 1979.

According to Spears, the Labour leader’s net worth is a staggering £3million.

 Jeremy Corbyn pledged billions in extra borrowing and tax increases and the creation of a new Ministry of Labour


Jeremy Corbyn pledged billions in extra borrowing and tax increases and the creation of a new Ministry of LabourCredit: PA

What is his stance on Brexit?

Corbyn is suggesting that Labour WILL back a second referendum in his latest Brexit flip-flop.

The leftie leader said there should be a “public vote” on any deal agreed by Parliament.

His U-turn comes after Labour slipped to third place in the polls with Remainers abandoning the party in favour of pro-EU rivals.

The party has previously said it would support a second referendum in order to stop No Deal or a bad Tory deal.

But now Mr Corbyn has suggested he’ll back a so-called people’s vote on any deal at all.

The Labour leader told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “I want us to get a good deal and then have a decision of the public after that.

“If we can get that through Parliament, the proposals we’ve put, then I think it would be reasonable to have a public vote to decide on that in the future.”

Will Jeremy Corbyn be Prime Minister?

The next general election is not due until 2022 – although in today’s topsy-turvy politics, no one would rule out an earlier ballot.

Theresa May resigned on May 24 and now Boris Johnson has the top job after winning the Tory leadership contest.

It is unclear if a General Election will be called before the next one.

The Labour party would have to win a large number of seats for him to become PM.

The odds of him being the next person in number 10 are 5/2, according to William Hill.

 Corbyn previously suggested that Labour WILL back a second referendum in his latest Brexit flip-flop


Corbyn previously suggested that Labour WILL back a second referendum in his latest Brexit flip-flopCredit: PA:Press Association

How did he become Labour leader?

Corbyn spent most of his 35-year career as an MP as an obscure backbencher.

But in a remarkable turn of events the bearded throwback leftie was propelled from the political fringe to leading the UK’s main opposition party.

Ed Miliband, who lost the General Election against the odds in 2015, decided to open up future leadership contests to the public for a £3 fee.

But instead of drawing in a wide spectrum of society, the opportunity to vote was seized by a hard left faction which later became known as Momentum.

And so with their support the crumpled maverick won the votes.

Corbyn’s low-fi style in contrast to other polished politicians also won him support from young people looking for a no-frills socialist leader.

His leadership was then challenged in 2016 after his lacklustre support for the Remain camp in the Brexit vote.

After a no-confidence vote was supported by 172 Labour MPs to 40 against, a leadership battle began between Corbyn and Welsh MP Owen Smith.

But after Momentum marshalled support for him, Corbyn actually increased his leadership from 59.5 per cent to 61.8 per cent.

However, after just four years doing the job it was rumoured he was “tired and fed up”.

Allies have reportedly claimed he’ll soon hand over to another MP.

One Shadow Cabinet member told the Evening Standard: “Corbyn is ready to step down. He wants to step down.”

Jeremy Corbyn says that the government is ‘weak, incompetent and divided’ during PMQs


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