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Labour leadership contest: Jeremy Corbyn will be on ballot

Published 12/07/2016

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn will automatically be included on the ballot in Labour's leadership contest following a vote by the ruling National Executive Committee.

The NEC met on Tuesday before ruling on whether Mr Corbyn needed the nomination of 51 MPs and MEPs to stand in the contest, and was presented with conflicting legal advice.

The secret vote went 18-14 in the Opposition leader's favour following hours of talks at the party's headquarters in central London.

A Labour party spokesman said: "The NEC has agreed that, as the incumbent leader, Jeremy Corbyn will go forward on to the ballot without requiring nominations from the parliamentary Labour party and the European parliamentary Labour party.

"All other leadership candidates will require nominations from 20% of the PLP and EPLP."

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