Jeremy Corbyn wins backing of 84% of local Labour parties
The Guardian, by Jessica Elgot
Jeremy Corbyn has won local party nominations by a landslide in the Labour leadership contest, with 84% of constituency nominations at the final count.
The Labour leader won the support of 285 constituency Labour parties (CLPs), with his rival, Owen Smith, taking just 53 nominations.
Corbyn has more than doubled his support among local parties since the 2015 contest, though there were four candidates then rather than two. In 2015, he won support from 39% of CLPs.
Since then, he has taken support from CLPs who nominated all three other candidates in 2015 – Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall – across the political spectrum in the party.
The Corbyn campaign said it was delighted with the endorsements.
“We’re really grateful to have received so much support from constituency Labour parties across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland,” the campaign said.
“Jeremy Corbyn is the only candidate who can draw on support from Labour members right across our country. These results further suggest that Labour members strongly support Jeremy Corbyn in his bid to remain Labour leader.
“Our campaign will continue to make the positive case for democracy in our party and for Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to rebuild and transform Britain so that no one and nowhere is left behind.”
Corbyn’s candidacy has also been endorsed by the two largest trade unions, Unison and Unite, as well as smaller unions such as the train drivers’ representatives Aslef and from Young Labour.
Smith has been endorsed by the GMB, the third largest union, and several other smaller unions, as well as the Labour Movement for Europe, which nominated the former work and pensions secretary by a proportion of 10 to one, citing Corbyn’s historic Euroscepticism and concerns about the party’s direction after the Brexit vote.
The Jewish Labour Movement also endorsed Smith on Monday, with 92% of its members saying they preferred him to Corbyn.
Nominations do not have a bearing on the voting process but act as statements of support. Ballot papers will be sent out by post and email next Monday, to be returned by 21 September with a midday deadline. The result will be announced at a special conference on Saturday 24 September in Liverpool.