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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."


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."

A new Tory leader and prime minister coming soon

Three Conservative leadership candidates remain in the fight to become the next prime minister, after Liam Fox was eliminated in the first round of voting by Tory MPs, and Stephen Crabb dropped out.

Theresa May looks to be the favourite, with her main challenger Andrea Leadsom. Michael Gove is not giving up yet, and another ballot of Tory MPs will take place on Thursday.

As ITV News' political editor Robert Peston reports, Labour's leadership future is also unclear.

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