Jeremy Corbyn Re-Elected Labour Party Leader With Landslide Victory Over Owen Smith

Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected Labour leader, having won a larger share of the vote than he did in 2015.

Corbyn won 61.8% of the vote (313,209) and his challenger Owen Smith won 38.2% (193,229). 

The Labour leader thanked voters for their “trust and support” and told Smith they were “part of the same Labour family”.

“In our party we have much more in common than that which divides us,” he said. “Elections are passionate and often partisan affairs and sometimes there are said in the heat of the debate which we sometimes later come to regret.”

The Labour leadership contest, which was triggered earlier this summer after Corbyn’s shadow cabinet resigned en masse, was often a bitter battle.

However Corbyn said he wanted to “wipe that slate clean” and urged Labour MPs to unite behind his leadership to fight the “hard right” Conservative government of Theresa May.

Shadow Health Secretary Diane Abbott, a close ally of Corbyn, said the leadership fight had been a “very nasty campaign” and said the “coup” by Labour MPs had “turned party members against the Owen Smith campaign”.

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