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Jeremy Corbyn Wins Overwhelming Support From Local Labour Parties

But leadership rival Owen Smith insisted his own ideas were winning people over.

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Jeremy Corbyn has won the overwhelming support of local Labour parties in his fight to remain as Labour leader.

His campaign team said he had secured the nominations of 285 constituency Labour parties (CLPs) – compared to just 53 for his rival, Owen Smith.

The pair are battling to win the votes of Labour members in an increasingly bitter leadership contest ahead of the winner being announced on 24 September.

The final tally, which emerged on Monday as nominations closed, means Corbyn has won the backing of 84% of the constituency parties that nominated. Aides said it proved he was the only candidate who could win over members from across the country.

But Smith said he was proud to have "picked up so much support" and insisted his radical vision for Labour's future was winning people over.

Thank you to the 285 CLPs who endorsed my leadership campaign. Glad to have support in every region of the country.

In last year's leadership contest, Corbyn won 39% of the nominations from 387 CLPs – but there were four candidates in that race. This summer, a total of 338 CLPs entered nominations.

A spokesperson for the Jeremy for Labour campaign said: "We're really grateful to have received so much support from constituency Labour parties across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

"Jeremy Corbyn is the only candidate who can draw on support from Labour members right across our country. These results further suggest that Labour members strongly support Jeremy Corbyn in his bid to remain Labour leader.

"Our campaign will continue to make the positive case for democracy in our party and for Jeremy Corbyn's plan to rebuild and transform Britain so that no one and nowhere is left behind."

Meanwhile Smith said: "I’m proud that I have picked up so much support and I’m enjoying the opportunity to set out my radical vision for Labour's future.

"I'm particularly pleased to have secured the backing of unions Community, GMB, the Musicians' Union, and Usdaw, as well as the Labour Movement for Europe and the Socialist Health Association.

"It's also really encouraging that my ideas, like a revolution in workers' rights, a £200 billion British New Deal to rebuild our country, and a huge investment programme in the NHS, are winning people over."

Emily Ashton is a senior political correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Emily Ashton at emily.ashton@buzzfeed.com.

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