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Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected as UK Labour leader

The 67-year-old has comprehensively defeated his leadership rival Owen Smith.

Labour leadership challenge Source: Danny Lawson

UK LABOUR LEADER Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected leader in Liverpool.

67-year-old Corbyn defeated challenger Owen Smith by 62% to 38% in the leadership contest.

The total turnout vote was 506,438 out of an eligible voter count of 654,006.

Corbyn’s victory had been well-flagged in advance. He polled 313,209 votes compared to Smith’s 193,229.

In his victory speech Corbyn thanked his supporters for electing him as Labour leader “for the second time in a year”.

results Source: Sky News

He also thanked Smith for the “good-humoured debates we’ve had over the summer” and said “we are all part of the same Labour family”.

“As far as I’m concerned from today we need to wipe the slate clean and get on with the work we have to do together as a party,” he said.

We have almost tripled our membership since last spring, those new members can take our message around the country to win support for the election of a Labour government.

Corbyn’s leadership of the main UK opposition party has been the subject of much controversy since Britain’s vote to exit the EU in June.

Labour leadership challenge Owen Smith and Jeremy Corbyn at today's leadership vote announcement Source: Danny Lawson

Accused by much of the party elite of not doing enough to campaign for a ‘remain’ vote in the Brexit referendum, he has nevertheless maintained the support of a large grassroots movement within his party.

Corbyn has been an MP since 1983.

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