Jeremy Corbyn re-elected leader of Britain's Labour Party, promises to 'wipe slate clean'
Corbyn's colleagues say moving further left will see them out of power and allow the ruling Conservatives free rein to set Britain's divorce from the EU. Photograph: (Reuters)
Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected leader of Britain's Labour party, beating rival Owen Smith by a comfortable margin and promising to unite the bitterly divided party which had passed a vote of no confidence against him after June's Brexit referendum.
The veteran politician, who won by 313,209 to 193,229 votes, asked his party members to work together to fight the Conservatives. "Always remember in our party we have much more in common than that which divides us," he said to a crowd of cheering supporters. Let's wipe that slate clean and get on with the work we have got to do as a party together," he said at the party's annual conference in Liverpool.
Moderate lawmakers from his party fear that his left-wing agenda can never deliver victory at the polls and will allow the ruling Conservatives a free hand to set Britain's divorce from the EU.
His speech is expected to assuage fears that his re-election will widen the divide between the Labour Party's left and right wings and that he will work to force centrist lawmakers from the party.
The Conservatives, meanwhile, launched a campaign, highlighting the divisions in the Labour party with the slogan: “We have a winner, but it isn’t Britain,” the Guardian reported.
Mr Corbyn was first elected the Labour party's leader in September 2015.