172 MPs have voted no confidence in the Labour party leader
Labour Party MPs have voted no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn by a margin of 172 to 40.
The secret ballot was held between nine and four today, on the motion ‘that this PLP has no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party.’
It’s rumoured that Angela Eagle and Tom Watson will meet imminently to discuss which of them is best-placed to challenge the Corbyn for the leadership.
With such limited support Corbyn could struggle to get the 51 nominations required to stand.
He would rely on the support of some of the 20 Labour MEPs, which could also be problematic given the criticism of his behaviour during the EU referendum campaign.
However, his team believe that according to party rules he is automatically entitled to appear on the ballot.
Corbyn has already made it clear that he will not stand down, commenting:
‘I was democratically elected leader of our party for a new kind of politics by 60 per cent of Labour members and supporters, and I will not betray them by resigning. Today’s vote by MPs has no constitutional legitimacy.
“We are a democratic party, with a clear constitution. Our people need Labour party members, trade unionists and MPs to unite behind my leadership at a critical time for our country.”
The results have already triggered another resignation — of shadow home office minister Lyn Brown — bringing the total to 52.