Jeremy Corbyn, portrait

August 9th, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn Leadership Rally, Liverpool

Editorial photography of Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn took the political world by surprise when he romped to victory in last year’s Labour leadership contest. He began the contest as a rank outsider. That is why I decided to shoot some editorial photography of Jeremy Corbyn.

He enjoys strong support from many Labour Party members. He does not command the confidence of the majority of his MPs. He lost a vote of no confidence by 172 to 40.

The vote was triggered by Labour MPs unhappy with Mr Corbyn’s leadership. Critical of his “lacklustre” campaign to stay in the European Union.

The event, which was organised with only two days notice, attracted large crowds. Police had to close roads surrounding St George’s Plateau in the centre of the city.  Carrying banners reading “Scousers for Corbyn” and “We chose Jez”. The Labour leader’s supporters clambered on statues and railings to catch a glimpse of him as he spoke.

I got there early, in order to catch the build up of the event. I wasn’t there for any political beliefs I wanted to capture the event and tell a simple story with some great images.

Before Jeremy Corbyn took to the roof of a converted fire engine, I managed to have a quiet chat with him and thank him for the way he treats photographers (famously making a cup of tea for one cameraman). It was also a marvelous opportunity to ask him if he would ‘stand’ for a portrait, which he very happily agreed to.

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