EXCL Jeremy Corbyn even beat Owen Smith in Wales

Posted On: 
18th October 2016

Jeremy Corbyn even defeated Labour leadership rival Owen Smith in his home nation of Wales, PoliticsHome can reveal. 

Owen Smith congratulates Jeremy Corbyn on his victory
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A breakdown of the result shows Mr Corbyn received 8,507 votes from Labour members in the principality.

But Mr Smith - who was born and brought up in Wales and is the MP for Pontypridd - received just 6,758.

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The result is a personal humiliation for the former shadow work and pensions secretary, who campaigned particularly hard in Wales as it became apparent that he was heading for defeat across the UK.

In England, Mr Corbyn won by 152,063 votes to 102,437, while in Northern Ireland he triumphed by 541 votes to 224.

However, Mr Smith did manage to defeat his rival in Scotland by 6,856 votes to 6,042.

The breakdown of the result, which was announced on 24 September, were revealed to a sub-committee of Labour's ruling National Executive Committee today.

Mr Corbyn also won comfortably in both the registered supporters and affiliate categories.

Registered supporters - who had to pay £25 each to take part in the ballot - backed the incumbent leader by 84,918 votes to 36,599.

Affiliates, who are members of trade unions and other socialist organisations linked to the Labour party, supported Mr Corbyn by 60,075 to 39,670.

Overall, Mr Corbyn won by 313,209 votes to 193,229, or 62% to 38%.

The comprehensive nature of his victory in virtually every category shows how difficult it will be for Labour rebels to unseat their leader ahead of the next general election, which is due in 2020.

Former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls this morning speculated that Mr Corbyn could decide to step down of his own accord before then.