Sadiq Khan Backs Owen Smith In Labour Leadership Election, Says Jeremy Corbyn Will Lead Party To Defeat

“Throughout the campaign and aftermath, Jeremy failed to show the leadership we desperately needed,” Khan wrote.

“His position on EU membership was never clear – and voters didn’t believe him. A third of Labour voters said they did not know where the party stood on the referendum just a week before polling day,”

Khan warned Corbyn back in June to “step up” his efforts to campaign for a remain vote in the referendum that ultimately saw over 17 million people call for Brexit. 

But today the London mayor leant his backing to Corbyn’s challenger, Owen Smith. 

“I served with Owen Smith in the shadow cabinet and he has the strongest Labour values,” Khan said.

“On the big issues Owen and I have been on the same side of the argument, including opposing the Iraq war.

“Owen led and – more importantly – won our fight against the Tories’ unfair cuts to tax credits and disability allowances, which would have hurt the most disadvantaged people in our society.”

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