So what's next for the Labour Party?


Now Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected as Labour's leader, what does this mean for the party itself? Unfortunately, it's unlikely to draw a line under the unrest amongst Labour MPs.

Despite the renewed mandate from the party's grassroots, it was just less than three months ago that 172 Labour MPs voted to say they had no confidence in his leadership, and few are likely to have changed their mind during the bitter leadership contest.

Labour leadership challenge

Corbyn's allies hope that many of the senior MPs who resigned frontbench roles in protest at his leadership will return to the fold, to help the party oppose the Government in Parliament.

Although some of his critics have already said they will remain on the backbenches - including defeated leadership rival Owen Smith - the return of others could depend on whether elections to the shadow cabinet are restored.

The resignation of dozens of frontbenchers in June left Corbyn unable to fill all his shadow ministerial posts, and reports have suggested that as many as 14 may be ready to return.

Jeremy Corbyn.

But others - including Hilary Benn, Yvette Cooper and Chuka Umunna - are thought likely to focus on their bids to secure the chairs of influential parliamentary committees, which will allow them to take prominent roles scrutinising Theresa May's Government from outside Corbyn's camp.

If elections by MPs to the shadow cabinet are restored, they could give centrist candidates a mandate to join Corbyn's top team and attempt to shape his agenda.

But the party's ruling National Executive Committee has so far failed to agree on a way forward, despite the Parliamentary Labour Party's support for the move.

Owen Smith and Jeremy Corbyn.

A renewed mandate could very well help Corbyn strengthen his grip on the party machinery. Reports have suggested his allies want a "purge" of perceived opponents at Labour HQ, with general secretary Iain McNicol thought to be in the firing line. All in all, it's not sounding overwhelmingly friendly in the Labour camp.

But despite these reports, Corbyn has insisted that the party has a "duty to unite" following the leadership struggle, and has promised to offer an olive branch to his critics.

Jeremy Corbyn.

Whilst some Labour MPs might be wooed by the Lib Dems, there are two choices for Corbyn's opponents: splitting Labour in two, or launching another attempt to oust him.

Whatever happens, Corbyn's next few months as leader are likely to be as turbulent as his last 12.