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Jeremy Corbyn Loses Vote Of No Confidence

Sky News logo Sky News 28/06/2016

Jeremy Corbyn has lost a no confidence motion with more than 80% of MPs voting against him.

A total of 172 MPs voted for the motion with 40 MPs voting against with a turnout of 95%.

Sky's Faisal Islam said that there was a rush at the end of the voting period with several of Mr Corbyn's supporters registering their vote in the House of Commons in a bid to send a message that he will run in a leadership election if challenged.

The channel's senior political correspondent Sophy Ridge says that Labour deputy leader Tom Watson and former shadow business secretary Angela Eagle are currently meeting.

It is believed that the pair are the most likely to attempt a leadership challenge.

Mark Serwotka, leader of the Public and Commercial Services Union, said that those who had voted against him never wanted him to be leader in the first place and would now face the "ire" of constituency members.

Labour MPs began voting in a non-binding secret ballot at 10am on Tuesday, and the final result is expected at around 5pm. 

Mr Corbyn, who has been blamed by some supporters for a lacklustre EU referendum campaign, has refused to give in to a "corridor coup".  

Jeremy Corbyn © PA Jeremy Corbyn His aides say he is willing to take part in a leadership contest as they believe he still has the backing of the majority of Labour members.

It comes as video showed an awkward first meeting for Mr Corbyn's new cabinet.

In the footage, Mr Corbyn is unhappy with the presence of cameras and asks them to be removed until later in the meeting.

Sky News' Senior Political Correspondent Sophy Ridge said: "Jeremy Corbyn was initially unhappy with the cameras being in there, and then when they were actually asked to leave and come back later there was a rather different cast of characters around the Labour leader."

More than 40 Labour MPs on Mr Corbyn's front bench and in his shadow ministerial team have quit since the referendum result, saying they had no confidence in him as leader.

Pat Glass, who was appointed as shadow education secretary on Monday, announced less than 24 hours later she will step down as an MP at the next General Election.

Ms Glass, 59, MP for North West Durham, did not attend the EU referendum count after police received four death threats made against her.

She has written to the chairman of her constituency Labour Party, explaining that she has found the last six months "very, very difficult" and described the referendum as "bruising".

The latest front bench MPs to quit - shadow justice minister Andy Slaughter; shadow minister for older people, social care and carers Barbara Keeley and shadow energy and climate change minister Alan Whitehead - left on Tuesday.

Mr Slaughter said: "With much regret I have resigned from the Labour frontbench after six years as a shadow minister."

In his resignation letter, Mr Whitehead wrote: "I hope for the sake of the Labour Party, and the millions of Labour supporters and voters across the country, that you will seriously consider your position."

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