Most CLPs back Jeremy Corbyn - but Owen Smith thrives in south London

Written by David Singleton on 15 August 2016 in Diary

Mitcham and Morden appears to have bucked the national trend.

Jeremy Corbyn has been boosted in his bid to hang on as Labour leader, with a huge majority of local Labour groups giving him the thumbs up.

As the final numbers came in, the current leader was said to have secured the backing of 285 Constituency Labour Parties. Owen Smith took just 53.

The final tally means Corbyn has won the backing of 84% of the CLPs that nominated. The nominations are now closed.

The CLPNominations Twitter feed even found that in five CLPs the Labour leader received between 95 and 100% of the vote.

Only one CLP registered less than 10% support for Corbyn. In Mitcham and Morden in south London, Labour members are said to have voted for Owen Smith by 31-2. The CLP nominated Liz Kendall for the Labour leadership in 2015.

Labour's Siobhain McDonagh is the MP for Mitcham and Morden.





In last year’s leadership contest, Corbyn picked up 39% of the nominations from 387 CLPs – but there were four candidates in that race. This year, 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 supporters of Smith suggested that the CLP figures did not tell the full story.

"Many quiet, moderate members don't attend meetings at the best of times and are even more put off in the current climate," a Labour MP told the New Statesman. "There's a real disconnect between Corbynite noise in meetings and on social media and where members are."

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.”


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