It's official: Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected as leader of the Labour party


Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected as Labour leader at the party's annual conference in Liverpool. He swept to victory with 61.8% of the vote.

Corbyn has only been in the top seat of the party for a year, and has fought off a challenge from Owen Smith. Corbyn won 313,209 votes to Smith's 193,229.

Labour leadership.
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The result doesn't come as a huge surprise. Although his campaign hasn't been an entirely smooth ride (thanks to a certain train incident and accidentally dropping the F-bomb, amongst other incidents), his victory was almost certain.

His leadership bid wasn't derailed by mass shadow cabinet resignations, and he dismissed an attempted "divorce deal" touted by deputy leader Tom Watson.

These incidents merely threw Corbyn back into his comfort zone of mass rallies with an almost evangelical feel where he preached to those he had converted to his brand of new old Labour, with a background of supporters chanting "Jez we can!"

Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith.
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This summer has been one of in-fighting for the Labour Party. The shadow chancellor and Corbyn's campaign manager, John McDonnell, was dismissive about his opponents with some pretty colourful language: "They have been plotting and conniving. The only good thing about it is that, as plotters, they're f***ing useless."

McDonnell apologised, but his somewhat crude analysis has been confirmed by the results. All eyes on Corbyn and the Labour party to see where his fresh leadership will go next.

Jeremy Corbyn.
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The shadow home secretary Andy Burnham warned of the need for unity in the Labour Party. He said that the damage to the party could be "terminal" unless Mr Corbyn was given a proper chance to get his message across to voters.

However, Labour grande David Blunkett warned the chances of peace between Mr Corbyn and the majority of his MPs appeared "minuscule" and questioned whether any sort of workable compromise was possible.

In his speech at the conference, Corbyn thanked voters for their "trust and support" and promised to deliver "real change to our country".