Corbyn wins UK Labour Party leadership battle

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Liverpool, Sep 24 (IANS) Left-wing politician Jeremy Corbyn held on to his post as leader of Britain’s main opposition Labour Party on Saturday.

He beat off a challenge from one of his former front bench shadow ministers Owen Smith. The result of the leadership election was announced in Liverpool where Labour is holding its annual conference, Xinhua news agency reported.

Corbyn won 313,209 votes while his challenger received 193,222 votes in the fight. Corbyn captured almost 62 per cent of the vote, a slight increase from last year’s win, while Smith attracted just over 38 per cent of the votes.

In his victory speech, Corbyn called for unity, urging members and all Labour MPs to work together to defeat Theresa May’s ruling Conservative Government. He said Labour could win the next election whenever May decides to call it.

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