Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has lost a vote of confidence from the Parliamentary Labour Party, throwing serious doubts over his future as Leader.
A mere 19% of Labour MPs backed Corbyn’s Leadership, which has been jeopardised by the Shadow Cabinet Crisis – at this stage, people are resigning who were appointed to fill resignations.
Corbyn and his aides have been incredibly defiant, with Corbyn saying:
“Labour has the responsibility to give a lead where the government will not.”
“I was democratically elected leader of our party for a new kind of politics by 60% of Labour members and supporters, and I will not betray them by resigning. Today’s vote by MPs has no constitutional legitimacy.
“We are a democratic party, with a clear constitution. Our people need Labour Party members, trade unionists and MPs to unite behind my leadership at a critical time for our country.”
Only time will tell what repercussions this may bring to his party; last time Labour had a split this severe, the Social Democratic Party was formed, which in turn became one half of the Liberal Democrats.