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Labour ballots mark leadership milestone

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>> The knives are truly out but Labor's teflon leader might not notice.>> Good morning.>> Scottish labor leader, Kezia Dugdale endorsing challenger Owen Smith for the party's national leadership. It comes just a day after London Mayor Sadiq Khan also told voters to ditch Jeremy Corbyn. The thing is Corbyn's support or the reasons behind his staying power haven't exactly come from here.
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I'm Reuters reporter Jacob Greaves in Westminster, where two more senior party figures rallying against the Labor leader might not worry him too much. It was after all grassroots party activists that helped him get here. But it is heating up for both sides in the leadership contest. Ballot papers are being sent out Monday to voters and there's plenty of them, nearly 650,000.
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Despite the recent court cases and ongoing civil war, Labor's seen a growth spurt in its ranks. It now has more members than all other UK parties combined. But Owen Smith used this milestone day to say that popularity won't translate on the national stage.>> I am anticipating winning because I think people are realizing around the country that the outcome of Jeremy winning is more of the same.
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More divisions between party and Parliament, more divisions within the parliamentary party, and thus, being an ineffective opposition to the Tories.>> Smith hopes to win on a message of unity, but the divisions between these two only appear to be growing. In a speech Sunday, Corbyn stuck it to the establishment, calling to break open the closed circles of Westminster and Whitehall.
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>> We need to have decision making made for the millions and not the millionaires.>> That kind of message has been like catnip to Corbynisters in the past. Thank you very much.>> But a lot has changed since the election last year. Britain has voted to Brexit and Corbyn is no longer the outsider.
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For history to repeat itself, he'll hope recent events haven't changed their minds.