Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Jeremy Corbyn tightens grip on Labour machine as allies win party elections

Jeremy Corbyn tightens grip on Labour machine as allies win party elections

"Eddie intends to stand again, he's proud of his campaign, but obviously it was a tough contest in a factional party which is not what he's about nor likes; the contest became a battle of slates and he isn't like that", one of his allies said.

However, the episode has increased the pressure on Mr Corbyn and the Labour leadership to soft their stance further.

Jeremy Corbyn will create the space for Labour to have the next female leader, Angela Rayner has said.

Mr Corbyn however appeared to finally settle on whether his party would call on the British Government to stay in the single market, saying Britain can not remain a member of the single market because of its decision to leave the. "What we've called for is a meaningful vote in Parliament and that is the one area that I think Parliament has asserted itself in the vote before Christmas".

Asked on the BBC's Andrew Marr show about a second referendum, Ms Thornberry said: 'If 90 per cent of the population was now saying we must stay in the European Union and we must not leave then that would be a challenge that would be there for all of us who are democrats.

A spokesman for the Department for Exiting the European Union said: "We respect the four freedoms of the EU and that is why, as we leave the EU, we are leaving the single market and customs union".

The founder of the grassroots campaign set up to support Jeremy Corbyn has won a place on Labour's ruling body.

They say the change to the Bill would prevent ministers being able to take the United Kingdom out of the single market and customs union without the approval of Parliament.

"We urge the leadership of a fifth opposition party, Labour, to join us so we can change course from the risky Brexit being pursued by the Conservatives".

Mr Corbyn said Labour would vote against landmark Brexit legislation which returns to the Commons in the next few days unless its demands were met in areas such as workers rights.

"You have to make a special relationship with the European Union".

His comments come after the former Ukip leader Nigel Farage reignited the debate over a second vote last week, signalling he would support the idea in order to end the "whingeing and whining and moaning".

Nottingham East MP Chris Leslie responded on Twitter, seemingly rejecting Mr Corbyn's statement by posting four times: "The Single Market is NOT dependent on membership of the European Union #worthrepeating".

His Plaid Cymru counterpart Liz Saville-Roberts added: "We remain hopeful that the Labour Party will work with us and take the opportunity to defeat the Tories".

This is not the first time Corbyn has questioned UK-US relations.

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