Maajid Nawaz: This Is Corbyn's True Victory

10 June 2017, 15:56

Maajid Nawaz: This Is Corbyn's True Victory


Many have hailed Theresa May's snap election as a victory for Labour - Maajid Nawaz disagrees - but thinks there is one thing Corbyn should be celebrating.

On his LBC show he discussed the surprise snap election result, which saw the Conservative Party lose their majority and Labour's support surge. 

Many have suggested that the result is a victory for Labour, but Maajid does not agree given they did not secure enough seats to govern. 

There is one victory, though, that Maajid thinks Corbyn can claim. 

He said: "I think the real winners here, weren't Corbyn and Corbyn's Labour, the real winners here were the youth, and that's the last hour of the show. 

"I want to talk a bit about the youth vote, because not only was this the largest voter turnout in 35 years, 72 per cent of 18-24 year olds appeared, if initial estimates are anything to go by, 72 per cent of 18-24 year olds appeared to have got out the vote. 

"Now, that is fantastic. You know, I don't care that overall, overwhelming majority of them voted Corbyn, and I didn't vote Corbyn, I don't care...but what I am really happy with, is that if 72 per cent of our young people voted, if you get voting in early, it becomes a pattern.

"It becomes a lifetime habit, that means 72 per cent of that segment of our population, 18-24 year olds, are likely to remain engaged in politics, for the foreseeable future, and for much of their lifetimes. 

"That is a fantastic victory for our democracy. And if anything I can say about Corbyn is if just by achieving that, that is a good thing, and I like to acknowledge good where good needs to be acknowledged." 

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