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Jeremy Corbyn defeats Owen Smith in Labour leadership challenge

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been reelected to his position with a 61.8% mandate following a leadership challenge by MP Owen Smith.

His 61.8% win is an even larger margin of victory than last year, when he defeated Andy Burnham, Liz Kendall and Yvette Cooper.

Smith’s challenge was supported by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and former leader Ed Miliband among others.

In his victory speech, Corbyn 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 the result, announced at the party conference in Liverpool, Corbyn won 313,209 votes, compared with Smith’s 193,229.


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”.

“We have much more in common than divides us,” he said. “Let us wipe that slate clean from today and get on with the work that we have to do as a party,” he said.



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