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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