Jeremy Corbyn wins landslide victory as new Labour leader

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Jeremy Corbyn has won the Labour party leadership contest after more than 250,000 people voted for him.

He was confirmed as leader today at a special conference in London, defeating Yvette Cooper, Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall.

Mr Corbyn took 59.5 per cent of the vote - enough to win the contest outright without second preference votes having to be counted.

He got 251,417 votes, way ahead of Andy Burnham on 80,462, Yvette Cooper on 71,928 votes and Liz Kendall, who got 18,857 votes.

Speaking at the conference, Mr Corbyn said: “It’s been quite incredible, the number of people who have come forward to join our party.

“During these amazing three months our party has grown enormously. Because of the hopes of ordinary people for a different Britain.

“A better and more decent Britain. They are fed up with inequality and unnecessary poverty.”

Andy Burnham got 19 per cent of the vote. Yvette Cooper, the Pontefract and Castleford MP, took 17 per cent and Liz Kendall got 4.5 per cent.

Earlier, Tom Watson was elected deputy Labour leader after he was voted in against Stella Creasy, Ben Bradshaw, Angela Eagle and Caroline Flint.