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Margaret Thatcher

Left-winger Corbyn elected to lead British Labour Party

LONDON �� The Labour Party elected its most socialist leader in at least 30 years Saturday, signaling a further drift away from the free-market policies that brought the party electoral success under Tony Blair.

Jeremy Corbyn won 59.5 percent of the vote to succeed Ed Miliband as opposition leader. His nearest rival, Andy Burnham, won 19 percent.

A fierce critic of Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne's spending cuts, Corbyn won over Labour supporters with his appeal to scrap Britain's nuclear weapons, nationalize the railways and energy companies, and fund infrastructure projects.

"Our party has changed. We've grown enormously,...