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More than 180,000 sign up to vote in Labour election

Current Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn Credit: Reuters

In total, there have been 183,541 applications made to the Labour Party in the last 48 hours, to sign up as registered supporters.

Registered supporters who paid the £25 fee will have the right to vote in the upcoming leadership election between current leader Jeremy Corbyn, and Labour MP Owen Smith.

The vote is also open to those who joined before January 12, as well as affiliated supporters from unions and other organisations.

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn said it was "reasonable to assume" that a large amount of new registrations come from supporters of the veteran MP.

Jeremy Corbyn faces challenge from Owen Smith

Owen Smith is challenging Jeremy Corbyn over leadership of the Labour Party Credit: Reuters

The Labour Party have confirmed that Owen Smith will be the sole challenger to Jeremy Corbyn for leader of the party, after Angela Eagle backed out of the contest.

A Labour spokesperson said: "The nominations for candidates in the 2016 Labour Leadership contest by members of the PLP and EPLP closed at 5pm today. The nominations have been officially accepted and received.

"Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith are the Labour Leadership candidates."

Angela Eagle pulls out of Labour leadership race

Angela Eagle has withdrawn from the race to oust Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

ITV News' Political Editor Robert Peston has the latest:

Smith cancels Labour leadership bid in light of Nice attack

Owen Smith. Credit: PA Wire

Owen Smith MP has cancelled the launch of his Labour leadership bid in the light of Thursday's deadly attack on Nice.

Mr Smith was scheduled to launch his bid to be Labour leader with an event in his Pontypridd constituency.

The politician tweeted:


Unite boss says Tom Watson's move is 'act of sabotage'

Len McCluskey Credit: Reuters

The leader of Britain's biggest trade union has condemned a decision by Tom Watson to call off a meeting over the leadership crisis as an "act of sabotage."

Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, said that a plan to resolve bitter differences in the party had "never been closer", but Mr Watson cancelled the meeting which was due to take place on Sunday.

In a statement Mr McCluskey said: "I am dismayed at the statement issued by Tom Watson announcing his withdrawal from talks aimed at resolving the crisis in the Labour Party.

"When the possibility of a workable plan had never seemed closer, Tom Watson's actions today can only look like an act of sabotage fraught with peril for the future of the Labour Party."

Khan and Corbyn meet after London Mayoral success

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has met with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in public for the first time after a weekend of contrasting election fortunes.

While Mr Khan enjoyed electoral success in the capital, Mr Corbyn oversaw less encouraging results for his party in the UK's "Super Thursday" elections.

Sadiq Khan appeared in front of the cameras alongside his party leader following his election victory over Tory rival Zac Goldsmith at the weekend.
The pair chatted about football in the relaxed public appearance.
Mr Khan has urged Jeremy Corbyn and his party to learn lessons from his election victory in the capital by listening to voters.
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