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Published: Sun, July 10, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Showdown as Wallasey MP Angela Eagle's local Labour branch back Corbyn

Showdown as Wallasey MP Angela Eagle's local Labour branch back Corbyn

Labour MPs opposed to Jeremy Corbyn have reportedly conceded the embattled Labour leader can not be removed after lengthy negotiations between the party's deputy leader Tom Watson and union officials failed to resolve the conflict.

A number of senior voices have even warned that the party is at risk of splitting.

The departing ministers argued that Labour was in need of a leader who resembles a "credible prime minister".

"I stand ready to do anything I can to save and serve the party".

"We've got to resolve a situation where you have a sitting leader who doesn't command the confidence of the party and will not leave of his own volition".

One passionate young demonstrator shouted into a microphone, "I want Jeremy Corbyn as leader more than anything in the world".

Talks have been taking place involving Unite general secretary Len McCluskey aimed at ending the impasse between Mr Corbyn and the majority of his MPs.

MP Jo Cox was brutally murdered last month in the streets of her constituency.

She said: "We've had an open meeting where people who support Mr Corbyn spoke about what they want to do to help".

MP Helen Goodman has joined other Labour MP rebels, saying that Mr Corbyn can not set out a "clear alternative for the country".

Should he face a challenge from Eagle or Smith, the Labour leader insists that he will stand his ground. Corbyn is known for his opposition to it, while more than 100 party MPs are expected to vote in support of the renewal. It's not okay for people to threaten my job, threaten me physically, just be bitter and mean to me and my colleagues, and they aim it at my family sometimes, that's not okay.

"At a time when the Conservative government is ripping itself to shreds over the outcome of the referendum, Labour MPs should be siding together to take the Labour message out to our communities".

Angela Eagle, who resigned as shadow business secretary last week, has the 50 nominations required under party rules to force a contest, said allies, but has held back to allow deputy leader Tom Watson to broker peace talks with Mr Corbyn, MPs and major unions.

Despite a vote of no confidence in Mr Corbyn's leadership by Labour MPs, he appears to have the support of unions and ordinary party members across the country.

"I think Jeremy has changed - in some respects in a positive way - some of our stances on austerity and a whole range of things".

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