Cor­byn wins lead­er­ship with land­slide

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Vet­eran so­cial­ist Jeremy Cor­byn has been re-elected head of Bri­tain’s Labour Party, de­feat­ing a chal­lenge to his year-old lead­er­ship. Cor­byn won al­most 62 per cent of the more than 500,000 votes cast by Labour mem­bers and sup­port­ers. His chal­lenger, Welsh law­maker Owen Smith, got 38 per cent in a re­sult an­nounced at the party’s con­fer­ence in Liver­pool, north­west Eng­land, yes­ter­day. Cor­byn, a long-time back­bench law­maker, was elected last year to lead Labour, which gov­erned between 1997 and 2010 but has lost two suc­ces­sive gen­eral elec­tions to the Con­ser­va­tives. He has strong sup­port among lo­cal party ac­tivists, but many Labour MPs be­lieve his left-wing views are out of step with pub­lic opin­ion, and have tried to un­seat him. Ac­cept­ing vic­tory to a stand­ing ova­tion from del­e­gates, Cor­byn said he would work to unite the party. “We have much more in com­mon than that which di­vides us,” he said. “As far as I’m con­cerned let’s wipe that slate clean from to­day and get on with the work we’ve got to do as a party.”

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