Labour Leadership battle: Defiant Jeremy Corbyn says Labour MPs must come together
A defiant Jeremy Corbyn said Labour MPs will understand they have to come together after it was agreed to automatically include him on the ballot in the party’s leadership contest.
The Opposition leader said he was “delighted” that the secret vote of the ruling National Executive Committee went in his favour after hours of discussions at the party’s headquarters in central London.
Corbyn wins vote on leadership rules
Jeremy Corbyn can defend Labour leadership automatically without needing backing of MPs, party’s ruling body says
Jeremy Corbyn will be automatically included on the ballot in Labour’s leadership contest, the party’s National Executive Committee.
Unions said party rules were clear the incumbent who is challenged must be allowed to stand but his opponents said he needed support of 51 MPs or MEPs.
The leadership contest was sparked after ex-shadow cabinet minister Angela Eagle challenged Mr Corbyn.
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