Unions 'can broker peace' in Labour's civil war
Jeremy Corbyn's allies have insisted trade unions can broker a peace deal to end Labour's meltdown as they claimed the leader is the victim of a "political lynching".
Former leaders have warned the party must have "credibility" as an Opposition and insisted party rules mean he must quit.
But Len McCluskey, one of Mr Corbyn's most prominent supporters, said it was "outrageous" that grandees were "being dragged out to be part of this unedifying coup".
The Unite leader said the attempt to overthrow the leadership had failed and insisted the unions can "broker a peace" deal, a move backed by shadow chancellor John McDonnell.
Mr McCluskey told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show: "This has been a political lynching of a decent man, undermined, humiliated, attacked, in order to push him out. And here's the truth. It's failed. The coup has failed. Jeremy Corbyn is made of stronger stuff, he is a man of steel and he has made it clear that he will not stand down."
Mr McCluskey said "sinister forces", including a PR company with links to Tony Blair, had "seduced" the MPs on the left of the party. The trade unions can "broker a peace", Mr McCluskey said as he urged potential challengers Angela Eagle and Owen Smith to step back.