2016 Labour Party leadership election (UK)

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2016 Labour Party leadership election
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Turnout506,438
(77.6%)
  Jeremy Corbyn election infobox 2.jpg Official portrait of Owen Smith crop 2.jpg
Candidate Jeremy Corbyn Owen Smith
Popular vote 313,209 193,229
Percentage 61.8% 38.2%

Leader before election

Jeremy Corbyn

Elected Leader

Jeremy Corbyn

The 2016 Labour Party leadership election was called when a challenge to Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party arose following criticism of his approach to the Remain campaign in the referendum on membership of the European Union and questions about his leadership of the party.[1]

The result was announced on 24 September 2016. Jeremy Corbyn won the election with 313,209 votes, increasing his share of the vote from 59.5% to 61.8% compared with the result of the 2015 leadership election, and receiving some 62,000 more votes than in 2015.

Candidates[change | change source]

The two candidates (challenger nominated by the Parliamentary Labour Party and European Parliamentary Labour Party)
Candidate Born Constituency Most recent position Announced Campaign website
(Slogan)
PLP/EPLP Nominations Share
Jeremy Corbyn
26 May 1949
(age 70)
MP for Islington North
(1983–present)
Leader of the Labour Party;
Leader of the Opposition
(2015–present)
Incumbent "JeremyForLabour". Archived from the original on 2015-06-07.
(People powered politics)
N/A N/A
Owen Smith
(campaign)

2 May 1970
(age 49)
MP for Pontypridd
(2010–present)
Shadow Secretary of State for
Work and Pensions

(2015–2016)
13 July 2016[6] "Owen2016". Archived from the original on 20150607. Check date values in: |archivedate= (help)
(Labour's Future)
18/19 July: 90 35.86%
172 / 251
68.53%
Undeclared 18/19 July: 89 35.46%
20 July: 79 31.47%

References[change | change source]

  1. McSmith, Andy (30 June 2016). "The Jeremy Corbyn leadership challenge is reducing the most senior members of Labour to tears". The Independent. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Which CLPs are nominating who in the 2016 Labour leadership contest?". New Statesman. 23 July 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  3. "Jeremy Corbyn". Labour Party. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "CLP Nominations". CLP Nominations on Twitter. July 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  5. "Vale of Clwyd's nomination is void due to a procedural error". CLP Nominations on Twitter. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  6. "Labour leadership: Owen Smith to enter contest". BBC News. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  7. "Labour Leadership Election 2016". Labour.org.uk. Archived from the original on 19 July 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  8. Pope, Conor (20 July 2016). "Which MPs and MEPs have nominated Owen Smith?". LabourList. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  9. "Owen Smith". Labour Party. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Dumfriesshire CLP nominates Owen Smith. This CLP nominates together with Galloway and West Dumfries". CLP Nominations on Twitter. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016.

Notes[change | change source]

  1. The total number of MPs nominating Smith includes himself as he counts towards the minimum 51 nominating MP/MEPs required in order to be eligible for election.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 2.34 2.35 2.36 2.37 2.38 2.39 2.40 2.41 2.42 2.43 2.44 2.45 2.46 2.47 2.48 2.49 2.50 2.51 2.52 2.53 2.54 2.55 2.56 2.57 2.58 2.59 2.60 2.61 2.62 2.63 2.64 2.65 2.66 2.67 2.68 2.69 2.70 2.71 2.72 2.73 2.74 2.75 2.76 2.77 2.78 2.79 2.80 2.81 Nominated Owen Smith after Angela Eagle withdrew from the race on 19 July 2016.