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Wildly popular among grassroots activists but isolated on the far left of fellow MPs, Jeremy Corbyn is poised this week to become the most unlikely leader ever of Britain’s main opposition Labour Party.
Party members and supporters have until Thursday to choose between the 66-year-old leftwing veteran and his three rivals — all in their 40s — with the results due to be announced on September 12.
But there is little doubt among bookmakers, pollsters and at the party HQ that Corbyn will triumph as Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall — the three “reasonable” center-left candidates — flounder in the face of “Corbynmania.”
The battle-hardened, bearded MP who has stood for Islington North since 1983, is known neither as an inspiring orator nor a charismatic leader, but projects the image of a humble man who travels by bicycle and cultivates his own garden in the north London district.