172 Labour MPs have voted against Jeremy Corbyn in today’s vote of confidence, compared to 40 who supported him. The Leader of the Opposition has though rejected the vote and said that it had “no constitutional legitimacy”.
“I was democratically elected leader of our party for a new kind of politics by 60% of Labour members and supporters, and I will not betray them by resigning. Today’s vote by MPs has no constitutional legitimacy. We are a democratic party, with a clear constitution. Our people need Labour Party members, trade unionists and MPs to unite behind my leadership at a critical time for our country”.