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Jeremy Corbyn wins Labour leadership

MP sees off challenge from Owen Smith with bigger margin than last year's victory

24th September, 2016
Corbyn is congratulated by Owen Smith MP after being announced leader of the Labour Party Pic: Getty

Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected leader of the UK Labour Party this afternoon.

Corbyn secured a renewed mandate with around 62 per cent of the vote, a bigger margin than when he won the leadership last year.

He has seen off a challenge from Labour MP Owen Smith following a lengthy leadership campaign that has bitterly divided the UK’s main opposition party.

Corbyn’s radical left-wing policies, which include calls for significant increases in public spending, secured him a surprise victory in last year’s leadership contest following Ed Miliband’s resignation.

The veteran Islington North MP was heavily criticised for his lacklustre support for Britain remaining in the EU earlier this year.

Following the Brexit vote, a co-ordinated mass resignation of much of his shadow cabinet threw Labour into chaos and triggered the leadership challenge from Smith.

With a renewed mandate, Corbyn has promised to unite the party but several prominent Labour MPs have already indicated they will not serve under his leadership.

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