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60% of GMB union members back Smith over Corbyn

Members of the GMB union have backed Owen Smith over Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader in a consultative ballot.

Owen Smith voted for the renewal of Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent while Jeremy Corbyn's opposed it. Credit: PA Wire

The union balloted its 600,000-plus members, despite only 30,000 being eligible to vote in the leadership election, to gauge the feeling at large.

60%
GMB members backing Owen Smith as Labour leader.
40%
GMB members backing Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.

The union is the third biggest affiliated to the party and one that represents workers on the Trident nuclear weapons programme.

General secretary Tim Roache confirmed he would "proudly campaign alongside Owen" but added: "I hope whatever the final result, the Labour Party will unite when all this is over."

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