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Corbyn urges Labour critics to 'take the fight to the Tories' during visit to Milton Keynes

Jeremy Corbyn meets supporters in Milton Keynes. Credit: Press Association.

Jeremy Corbyn has used a visit to Milton Keynes to tell his internal critics to "take the fight to the Tories" rather than bickering among themselves.

The Labour leader appeared confident of victory in the party's leadership contest which comes to a head on September 24. He was mobbed by supporters as he appeared at a rally in Milton Keynes - and had to be ferried 30 metres by taxi to escape the clutch of fans trying to take selfies with him at the town's train station.

Corbyn supporters at the rally. Credit: Press Association.

The visit came just a day after the Court of Appeal ruled around 130,000 members would be excluded from voting in the Labour leadership contest next month.

Many of those affected are believed to back Mr Corbyn rather than his rival Owen Smith and the leader's campaign team reacted with fury at the court's decision.

Speaking from the top of a Fire Brigades Union truck, Mr Corbyn told the rally the leadership campaign was a way to demonstrate how the Labour part would "enthuse, excite and mobilise people to win things in their community and ultimately win things for all communities".

He insisted that was already happening under his leadership.

"To those people that say, well we don't like this the way things are going and therefore we're not prepared to play ball, I simply say to them: Come September 24, this election campaign will be over. Come September 25, get on board, join in, take the fight to the Tories."

– Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader.
Jeremy Corbyn meets supporters in Milton Keynes. Credit: Press Association.