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Corbyn does not need signatures for leadership nomination

Corbyn leaving his north London home earlier. Credit: PA

Jeremy Corbyn does not require any signatures to be nominated in the Labour leadership race.

ITV News has obtained legal advice given to the party by union Unite which said: "The rules by which the Labour Party is governed are unambiguous.

"The leader does not require any signatures to be nominated in a leadership election where there is a potential challenger to the leadership."

Any Labour MP wanting to challenge the current leader needs at least 51 signatures to get on the ballot.

Angela Eagle announced her bid to try and oust Corbyn earlier today.

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