The defeated Labour leadership candidate, Owen Smith, says Labour remains divided despite the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as party leader. But he says it's up to Mr Corbyn to 'heal those divisions.'
The Pontypridd MP failed to persuade Labour members that he should take over the top job.
You can read his full statement below:
I want to congratulate Jeremy Corbyn on his clear win in this leadership contest. There is no doubt that the Labour Party has changed under his leadership, he has mobilised huge numbers of people over the last 12 months, many of whom are here at Conference in Liverpool, and he deserves the credit for that, and for winning this contest so decisively.
I am humbled by the more than 193,000 members, supporters and trade union members who have put their faith in me and I want to say a big thank you to them. It has been a privilege to meet so many of you, who have given so much of your lives to Labour, and I promise to continue to work for what we all believe in. It has been a huge honour for me to stand for leader of our great party and I am also deeply grateful to my Parliamentary colleagues for nominating me.
I entered this race because I didn’t think Jeremy was providing the leadership we needed, and because I felt we must renew our party to win back the voters' trust and respect. However, I fully accept and respect the result and I will reflect carefully on it and on what role I might play in future to help Labour win again for the British people.
I have no time for talk of a split in the Labour movement - it's Labour or nothing for me. And although today's result shows that our movement remains divided, it now falls primarily to Jeremy Corbyn, as Labour Leader, to heal those divisions and to unite our movement. We have to turn round our dire opinion poll ratings and take on this right wing, failing Tory Government. Jeremy has won this contest. He now has to win the country and he will have my support in trying to do so.
Above all, despite present divisions, we have to stick together in for the long term. I call on those party members disappointed by the result and tempted to look elsewhere to stay with Labour and to stay involved. Let’s work together to renew this movement and take the fight to the Tories.
I want to say thank you to my campaign team, and particular my wonderful campaign chairs, Kate Green, Heidi Alexander, and Lisa Nandy.
I want to thank Iain McNicol, the Labour Party staff and ERS who have all worked tirelessly and professionally during this contest.
And, most importantly, I want to thank my family who have made huge sacrifices for me during this campaign and in recent years. I’m going to be at Conference today and tomorrow before returning home to Wales to spend some precious time with them.
Carwyn Jones has described Jeremy Corbyn's re-election to the Labour leadership as 'a remarkable achievement.'
The First Minister offered his commiserations to the defeated challenger, the Pontypridd MP, Owen Smith and called for Labour to put its divisions behind it and 'work hard' to be become a 'functional' opposition again.
I’d like to offer my congratulations to Jeremy today. It is a remarkable achievement to have won one leadership contest, to win two is exceptional. To Owen I offer my commiserations – he has fought a good campaign, and I know he will be looking forward to turning his focus, and channelling his tenacity, towards the Tory benches in the months ahead. This has not been a happy period for the Labour Party, the country has been denied the functional and forensic opposition they have a right to expect in Westminster, and we must work hard now to put that right.
First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones has described Jeremy Corbyn's re-election as Labour leader as a 'remarkable achievement'.
Carwyn Jone: 'It is a remarkable achievement to have won one leadership contest, to win two is exceptional.'
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Jeremy Corbyn has insisted that the Labour party remains united as he called for a "clean slate" following his re-election as leader.
He thanked voters for giving him "second mandate" in a year but told his defeated challenger Owen Smith they were "part of the same Labour family".
Mr Corbyn thanked his rival for a "good-humoured" debate, though he acknowledged that in a "passionate and often partisan" contest things were said on both sides that they had later come to regret.
But he added: "I will do everything I can to repay the trust and support, to bring our party together."
In our party we have much more in common than that which divides us.
As far as I'm concerned, let's wipe that slate clean from today and get on with the work we've got to do as a party together.
Jeremy Corbyn has won the Labour leadership contest with 313,209 votes to Owen Smith's 193,229.
Mr Corbyn saw off Welsh MP Owen Smith with 61.8% of the more than half a million votes cast in the contest.
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