Corbyn "disappointed" over Eagle leadership bid, insisting "I worked flat out" for Remain

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Corbyn appeared on the BBC on SUnday morning (Source: BBC)

The embattled leader of the Labour party Jeremy Corbyn has insisted that he worked "flat out" to corral support for Remain in the EU referendum after lacklustre campaigning sparked a party crisis.

Corbyn is facing a challenge for the leadership of the party and admitted he was "disappointed" that Angela Eagle, who resigned as shadow business secretary along with more than 60 others from the front bench, was launching a bid, but said she was "free to do that if she wishes to".

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Appearing on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday morning, he said he was also disappointed that some members of the party had declined jobs offered to them to fill the shadow cabinet.

Asked if he thought he could gain the support of at least 51 MPs to appear on the ballot paper of a leadership vote, he insisted his name would appear as the incumbent, saying that "the rules in my view are clear" after taking "soundings from lawyers".

Challenger Eagle will make an appearance on ITV's Peston on Sunday show shortly after Corbyn's appearance.

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