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12/09/2015 18:14 BST | Updated 12/09/2016 06:12 BST

We Finally Have a Labour Party

With his first act as Labour leader being to attend a rally for the refugee crisis, it is clear that Jeremy Corbyn has struck a chord with those among us who dislike the selfish politics Britain has pursued and want something better for our country.

At half past eleven on the morning of the 12 September Jeremy Corbyn was announced to the public as the new labour leader. The announcement didn't just signal the birth of a new leadership however, it signalled long awaited change and the rediscovery of ideology in British politics. For too long now the Labour Party has tread the path of centre left politics, too scared to stand as an actual opposition to the Conservatives and preferring to exist as 'Diet Tory'.

Ever since the Blair years, which granted were exactly what Labour needed in the 1990's, Labour lost its heart and seemed too scared to push back to its principles, now obsessed with the idea of winning back power by simply mimicking Tory policy. But what good is power if it does not act to represent our values? What good is the left wing party if it is not left wing? What good would a Labour leader be if he had not already been attacked by every Murdoch tabloid under The Sun?

Jeremy Corbyn is divisive. Not everyone likes him and not everybody will. But isn't that politics? If we are producing Labour politicians who are simply milder versions of those sitting on the opposite side of the commons then what sort of debate are we creating? Jeremy Corbyn is different and therefore allows the Labour Party to be different. No more Tory and Diet Tory, we actually have a Labour party. And one we can be proud of.

With his first act as Labour leader being to attend a rally for the refugee crisis, it is clear that Jeremy Corbyn has struck a chord with those among us who dislike the selfish politics Britain has pursued and want something better for our country. Whilst Cameron was wearing t-shirts proposing we hang the 'terrorist' Nelson Mandela, Corbyn was protesting against apartheid and I don't think any other anecdote would serve just as well to portray the ideological division and long awaited contrast between two party leaders.

With Corbyn, Watson and Khan the Labour party is going to be extremely different to the one I have grown up with and whatever your side the future of British politics will indeed be fascinating. Although Blairites signal Corbyn's leadership as the beginning of the end and spit their dummies out in the forms of resignations and slander, it is extremely important to remember the lessons of the 80s; that Labour does not lose when it moves left, but rather when it splits.

The reality is that the Labour Party's future lies with those who campaign and rally behind Corbyn. The 2020 election is neither won nor lost yet but one thing is for sure; it will finally be one offering choice, contrast and a real opposition to the Tories.