Jeremy was first elected in 1983, and remains every bit as determined to fight for a better society today. He aims to prioritise the needs of the poor and protecting human rights be it at home or abroad. Jeremy has represented the people of Islington North since 1983 and remains committed to supporting the area depsite his rise to leader of the Labour Party.
Jeremy believes that the great changes in our society, from votes for women, to anti-discrimination laws and support for the disabled have all come from ordinary people demanding that their MP do what is right for them. He advocates social housing for all; that the NHS and welfare state must be kept to protect us in times of need; and he aims to get rid of nuclear weapons and ending the wars that have blighted the globe in recent years are a must, and he devotes much time to these aims.
Mr Corbyn splits his time between Westminster and Islington, and is involved with an array of local organisations, groups and community centres which in their own special way contribute to Islington being such a thriving part of our city. Meeting constituents, whether it is at my regular advice sessions, or just in the street has taught him an enormous amount about the vibrant community in Islington and about which issues to focus on. Being the MP for so many constituents who have roots and family scattered across the globe has led Jeremy to take a keen interest in international affairs – particularly those which relate to ensuring peace and the observance of human rights. He has helped establish Stop the War coalition in 2001 and is now their chair.
He has attended and spoken at human rights peace conferences across the globe, and has travelled to many countries to speak out against militarisation, calling for solutions through peaceful negotiation. Jeremy continues to argue for the rights of the oppressed, in particular, the Palestinians, the Chagos Islanders, the Saharwi, and many more. He regularly attends the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva and has led delegations to Angola and Colombia. Jeremy has also visited both the DRC and Palestine to observe elections, and Western Sahara, and then Honduras and Guatemala as part of an Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) delegation.
He was originally the full time official for NUPE (now part of Unison) and when in parliament, a member of, and supported by Unison.