London, June 28 (IANS) Jeremy Corbyn has lost a vote of confidence in his leadership of the Labour party, 172 votes to 40, but it is widely believed he will ignore the outcome despite dozens of MPs also resigning from his shadow cabinet.
Labour MPs appear to be rallying behind Angela Eagle and Tom Watson to replace Corbyn in the event of a leadership contest.
Eagle, who is the former shadow business secretary, resigned from her post and is expected to stand as a candidate for the leadership.
Some MPs hold Corbyn partly responsible for losing the British referendum vote to remain in the EU in Labour-held constituencies.
A total of 54 Labour frontbenchers have resigned from their roles, including Andrew Slaughter, Barbara Keeley, Andrew Gwynne and Alan Whitehead who left Tuesday morning.
At least 10,000 Corbyn supporters rallied in London on Monday in support of the Labour leader.