Over 180,000 People Join the Labour Party in 48 Hours

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The Labour Party has confirmed that 183,541 people have joined the party over the last 48 hours. Each of these members would have paid the £25 membership fee which will entitle them to a vote in the Labour leadership election.

A spokesman for Jeremy Corbyn, the current party leader, said that they thought it was a “reasonable assumption” that the majority of these new members who back his continued leadership.

The other candidate is Owen Smith, after Angela Eagle withdrew from the contest yesterday.