Labour leadership election result: Jeremy Corbyn wins vote in first round to beat Yvette Cooper, Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall

 
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Labour has elected left winger Jeremy Corbyn as the new leader of the party.

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Despite initially securing just the bare minimum 35 nominations from fellow MPs to stand, Corbyn has remarkably surged from rank outsider at 66/1 to an overwhelming victory in the first round ahead of Andy Burnham, Liz Kendall and Yvette Cooper.

Corbyn received 59.5 per cent of the vote, or 251,417 of the 422,664 votes cast.

As Labour's most left-wing leader for a generation, the former rebel backbencher secured victory on the back of votes from members and associated supporters whose votes were given equal weighting under a one member, one vote system for the first time in the party's history.

However, Corbyn could face opposition from the Parliamentary Labour Party - some MPs have even suggested that they would not want a role in his shadow cabinet - particularly over foreign policy issues such as leaving Nato.

Tom Watson has been named deputy leader of the party where he could temper Corbyn's more radical leanings according to some commentators.

The anti-Murdoch campaigner beat off competition from Stella Creasy, Caroline Flint, Angela Eagle and Ben Bradshaw, winning 50.7 per cent of the vote in the third round.

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