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Labour Party MPs seek to oust leader Corbyn

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>> The vote for Brexit?>> Jeremy Corbyn seen fleeing reporters Friday morning, ducking the Brexit backlash and blaming previous governments for the outcome. The leader of Britain's opposition party now facing his greatest test yet, as two veteran MPs submit a motion of no confidence.>> I campaigned the length and breadth of this country, on a party position which was that we should support remaining in Europe, recognizing the many deficiencies of the European Union in order to reform it.
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I made the points about working conditions. I made the points about jobs. I made the points about environmental protections. I put those cases very strongly.>> But Dame Margaret Hodge and Ann Coffey want him ousted.>>
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>> Corbyn was elected leader last year, on a wave of enthusiasm for his left-leaning agenda.
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But he's faced criticism for a half-hearted campaign to remain in the EU. The former Euro sceptic, making speeches, tinged with criticism of the block. Some senior colleagues even accused him of sabotage. Many more claim he failed to persuade voters in the party's heartland. Labor MPs watched with despair as millions of their supporters in northern England and elsewhere voted to leave, indicating a shift towards closer kinship with the UK Independence Party.
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>> Well I don't think that in the end a party like UK which has never supported workers rights, which has, in fact, always talked about cutting worker's rights, and also has talked about privatizing the national health service, is ever in the end going to stand up for working people.
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>> The rebels believe they're backed by at least 50 MPs, reaching the threshold to launch a formal challenge. Meaning, the leader of the opposition could be the next Brexit casualty.