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2016 Labour Party leadership election
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Turnout 506,438
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Candidate Jeremy Corbyn Owen Smith
Popular vote 313,209 193,229
Percentage 61.8% 38.2%

Leader before election

Jeremy Corbyn

Elected Leader

Jeremy Corbyn

The 2016 Labour Party leadership election was called when a challenge to Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party arose following criticism of his approach to the Remain campaign in the referendum on membership of the European Union and questions about his leadership of the party.

The result was announced on 24 September 2016. Jeremy Corbyn won the election with 313,209 votes, increasing his share of the vote from 59.5% to 61.8% compared with the result of the 2015 leadership election, and receiving some 62,000 more votes than in 2015.


The two candidates (challenger nominated by the Parliamentary Labour Party and European Parliamentary Labour Party)
Candidate Born Constituency Most recent position Announced Campaign website
PLP/EPLP Nominations Share
Corbyn, JeremyJeremy Corbyn
26 May 1949
(age 74)
MP for Islington North
Leader of the Labour Party;
Leader of the Opposition
(People powered politics)
Smith, OwenOwen Smith

2 May 1970
(age 53)
MP for Pontypridd
Shadow Secretary of State for
Work and Pensions
13 July 2016
(Labour's Future)
18/19 July: 90 35.86%
172 / 251
Undeclared 18/19 July: 89 35.46%
20 July: 79 31.47%
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