Never mind Milifandom, here’s Corbynmania: Jeremy Corbyn poses for a selfie with a supporter as he arrives at the beginning of the Labour conference in Brighton [Image: Luke Macgregor/Reuters].

 Here’s the evidence we’ve all been waiting for. Labour’s membership has almost doubled after Jeremy Corbyn’s victory in the leadership election; the figures have been swelled by new arrivals and returning members who had left because of disillusionment with Blairite neoliberalism; and there has been no infiltration by hard-left groups.

The evidence, compiled by The Guardian, will be a bitter blow for Tories and Labour right-wingers alike, but nobody can deny the facts now – can they?

Jeremy Corbyn’s hopes of remoulding Labour have been boosted by a detailed Guardian survey into the party at grassroots level that shows overwhelming support for him, a decisive shift to the left and unhappiness with squabbling among MPs.

The Guardian has interviewed Labour secretaries, chairs, other office holders and members from more than 100 of the 632 constituencies in England, Scotland and Wales. Almost every constituency party across the country we contacted reported doubling, trebling, quadrupling or even quintupling membership, and a revival of branches that had been moribund for years and close to folding.

Reflecting increased interest among the young, university cities and towns recorded some of the biggest rises, with Bath jumping from 300 to 1,322 members and Colchester from 200-250 to almost 1,000. Neither are traditional Labour seats.

The survey findings are borne out by Labour’s national figures, released to the Guardian in a break with party tradition of keeping them secret. Membership jumped from 201,293 on 6 May last year, the day before the general election, to 388,407 on 10 January.

Now the hard figures are out of the way, remember I mentioned about that nobody could deny the facts any more?

Here’s Peter Mandelson:

Party membership figures are a controversial issue, with the former cabinet minister Peter Mandelson, who is opposed to Corbyn, telling a Labour meeting in the Lords last month that “30,000 long-term members have left the party, real members, tens of thousands”.

But the newly released figures undermine his claim, showing a total of 13,860 have left since the general election, some of them having resigned while others have gone as part of natural churn. The increase in membership is continuing, with just under 1,000 having joined since Christmas Eve.

Oh dear.

This story isn’t over yet, but the information here should do much to defuse anti-Corbyn sentiment in the Parliamentary Labour Party, and possibly even in the Tory mainstream media.

One wonders how the BBC will cope with it.
Source: Revealed: how Jeremy Corbyn has reshaped the Labour party | Politics | The Guardian

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