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Corbyn opposes Watson's call for return to split voting

Tom Watson's proposals to ditch Labour's leadership election rules would not take effect until Jeremy Corbyn stood down. Credit: PA

Sources close to Jeremy Corbyn have made it clear he will oppose a push by his deputy Tom Watson to give MPs and unions more power over the choice of future Labour leaders.

Mr Watson has called for the one-member-one-vote system introduced by Ed Miliband to be replaced with a return to the electoral college system that would give a third of votes each to MPs, unions and members.

But a spokesperson for Mr Corbyn said: "We support the current system of one-member-one-vote, which has led to a huge increase of membership and participation."

It is thought that Mr Corbyn will try to block discussion of a voting system change, arguing it is too important to adopt without proper consultation.

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