61.8 per cent of voters backed the incumbent
Jeremy Corbyn has renewed his Labour leadership mandate, with 61.8 per cent per cent of the vote — an even larger share than last year.
The results were announced in Liverpool, ahead of the Labour Party’s annual conference. Corbyn won 313,209 votes, to Smith’s 193,229.
Turnout of 77.6 per cent has been reported, and Corbyn claimed a majority among all groups of voters — members, affiliates and registered supported.
Corbyn’s victory speech focused on the need to build unity within Labour to defeat the Conservatives.
“Now is the time for all of us to focus every ounce of our energy on exposing and defeating the Tories and the damage they are doing to our country. Theresa May’s Government isn’t a new government it’s David Cameron’s government with a new hard right edge, repackaged with progressive slogans but threatening to take the country backwards and dithering as we face the historic challenges of Brexit.”
Commenting on the result, Owen Smith said:
“I want to congratulate Jeremy Corbyn on his clear win in this leadership contest. There is no doubt that the Labour Party has changed under his leadership, he has mobilised huge numbers of people over the last 12 months, many of whom are here at Conference in Liverpool, and he deserves the credit for that, and for winning this contest so decisively.
Figures from across the party are now calling for greater unity.Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.