Jeremy Corbyn beats Owen Smith in Labour leadership contest

Jeremy Corbyn has endured heavy criticism since being elected 12 months ago (Wikipedia)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn has won the Labour leadership contest and seen off the challenge of Owen Smith.

Corbyn collected of over 300,000 votes, around 62% of the total votes cast, with Smith collecting around 193,000. Labour sources say the turnout was 77.6%.

Corbyn was widely tipped to win the election, given his huge support among the Labour rank-and-file.

The contest was triggered when Labour MPs passed a motion of no confidence against Corbyn on June 28, following concerted criticism of his poor performance in Prime Minister's Questions and his perceived apathy towards the UK's referendum on the European Union.

Corbyn now faces the task of reuniting his party, and indeed made an appeal for unity in the run-up to the leadership vote. However many are predicting further in-fighting over the months ahead.

Earlier this week the director of Progress, a prominent Blairite pressure group, pledged to remain with Labour and fight Corbyn if he were elected. Meanwhile the editor of The Times' political newsletter said the best option for Labour's moderate MPs would be to break away from the party in the event of a Corbyn victory.

Last night things got very heated between talkRADIO's evening presenter George Galloway and political author Bobby Friedman. You can listen to their angry clash here.