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Labour Party Leadership: Jeremy Corbyn Defeats Owen Smith

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Posted: Sep 24, 2016 at 2:11 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)

Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected as Labour leader, comfortably defeating his challenger Owen Smith.

He won 61.8% of the vote, a larger margin of victory than last year.

He vowed to bring Labour back together, saying “we have much more in common than divides us”, insisting the party could win the next election as the “engine of progress” in the country.

More than half a million party members, trade unionists and registered supporters voted in the contest.

In a result announced on the eve of Labour’s party conference in Liverpool, Mr Corbyn won 313,209 votes, compared with Mr Smith’s 193,229.

Victory will be sweet – not just because it is a confirmation of his remarkable support among thousands upon thousands of members around the country.

Mr Corbyn said he was “honoured” to have been elected in a contest that followed months of tension with many Labour MPs and urged people to “respect the democratic choice that has been made”.

Addressing supporters, Mr Corbyn said he and his opponents were part of the “same Labour family” and everyone needed to focus their energy “on exposing and defeating the Tories”.

It is Mr Corbyn’s second defeat of the Labour establishment, who many of his supporters believe have tried to undermine the leader consistently over the last 12 months.

They talk of a “surge in the purge” as the leadership contest progressed – party officials vetting and checking new supporters who had registered to vote.

There are claims that Labour HQ deliberately threw Corbyn supporters off the voting lists to reduce the size of his victory. Corbyn supporters believe many MPs have done nothing in the past year other than try to damage his leadership and today they will be shown to have failed badly in their attempt to oust him.

Mr Smith, who had previously ruled out returning to the front bench, said he respected the result and the onus was on Mr Corbyn to “heal divisions and unite our movement”.

“Jeremy has won the contest,” he said. “He now has to win the country and he will have my support in trying to do so.”

Source: BBC

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