Jeremy Corbyn’s wife today speaks out to defend his legacy – breaking almost five years of public silence.
In an article for the Mirror, Laura Alvarez said it has been “incredibly hard” to watch him “vilified” and “hear his words twisted” – while he was “attacked” by colleagues in his own party.
And in a warning to the next leader not to steer to the centre, she said Labour’s “commitment to socialism” must not die.
As the party prepares to unveil his successor on Saturday, critics have blamed his ‘unclear’ position on Brexit and accused him of failing to stamp out anti-Semitism in the party.
But defiant Ms Alvarez wrote: “I will never regret our dream of a better quality of life for everybody. It is now up to our movement to ensure it does not remain a dream.”
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And she suggested Labour would have won the 2017 election if its MPs had not voted no confidence in Mr Corbyn a year earlier.
She wrote: “My greatest wish ahead of the 2017 general election was that the party would stay together so that we could beat the Tories. Unfortunately, my wish was not granted and I will forever think of that lost moment when we were so close to winning for the people of the UK.”
Ms Alvarez declined to say if she voted in the leadership contest – but took aim at her husband’s critics.
Former deputy leader Tom Watson described Corbyn-backing group Momentum as a “rabble” in 2015.
But Ms Alvarez wrote: “Our members are not a ‘rabble’, they are the lifeblood of our movement.”
The 51-year-old coffee importer is Mr Corbyn’s third wife after they wed in her native Mexico in 2012.
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They met in 1999 when Mr Corbyn helped in a custody battle over her abducted niece.
Ms Alvarez has avoided the limelight almost completely since Mr Corbyn became leader in 2015.
In a rare interview she once claimed he was “not very good at housework but he is a good politician”.
Today she wrote: “He was honest and decent from the get go, always putting other people first. Like thousands of others would do in time, I fell in love with him for these reasons.”
She also said her husband will not retreat to the sidelines – saying they will “never cease” their work. She added: “I believe that the spring will come one day again.”