Bernie Sanders Slams 1 Percent in Praise for U.K.'s Corbyn

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Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill to discuss legislation for a $15 minimum wage on May 25, 2017. Sanders has praised Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the U.K. Labour Party, for his election campaign. Drew Angerer/Getty

Left-wing politician and 2016 Democratic presidential primary contender Bernie Sanders is praising the large gains Britain's Labour Party made in the U.K. elections under the leadership of socialist Jeremy Corbyn.

"I am delighted to see Labour do so well. All over the world people are rising up against austerity and massive levels of income and wealth inequality," Sanders wrote in a statement to The Washington Post late Thursday.

Sanders congratulated Corbyn for running "a very positive and effective campaign" and said that in both the U.K. and U.S. people want governments "that represent all the people, not just the 1 percent."

Thursday's election returned the surprise result of a hung parliament in which no party could form a majority. Labour gained 29 seats. The results show the Conservatives with 318 parliamentary seats and Labour with 261, with other smaller parties gathering a combined total of 70.

Sanders is the first U.S. politician to weigh in on the results. Neither the White House or the U.S. Embassy in London has issued a statement.

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Some of Corbyn's policies reflect Sanders' calls to offer universal healthcare in a public system. Both have asked for a "living wage." During his presidential primary campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton Sanders pushed for a $15 minimum wage.

Earlier this week during a speaking tour of the U.K. and Europe Sanders said he saw "a real similarity" between Corbyn's campaign and his own bid for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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