Jeremy Corbyn tonight refused to quit as Labour leader despite losing an no confidence vote overwhelmingly by 172-40.
The embattled Labour leader said he would not ‘betray’ Labour members who elected him last year.
Mr Corbyn has faced a near universal revolt among MPs determined to dislodge him and more than 50 MPs quit front bench roles over the past three days. The no confidence vote triggered another wave of resignations.
But despite the massive vote against him by Labour MPs tonight, Mr Corbyn is to try and fight on – insisting his mandate from party members’ is more important than MPs’ support.
Reports tonight indicated Angela Eagle was poised to issue a leadership challenge to Mr Corbyn after talks with Deputy Leader Tom Watson.
But in a statement issued within minutes of the result, Mr Corbyn rejected the result out of hand.