>> Interesting.>> A backroom vote that's brought labor's knives out. Jeremy Corbyn has been handed a vote of no confidence by his MPs, the Labor leader feeling the wrath of his rank and file, for what they see as a lackluster campaign to stay in the EU. Over 170 MPs thought to have called for him to go, with just some 40 reportedly backing his tenure.
But the result won't automatically trigger a new leadership election. Since Britain's vote to leave the EU, Labor MP's have been calling for Corbyn's resignation. The secret ballot following a raft of high profile resignations from his shadow cabinet. But the darling of Labor Party activists may still prove difficult to oust.
He's lambasted the vote as having no constitutional legitimacy, vowing to fight on. Tuesday, he invited the cameras in for an at times awkward view of his new front bench team, who he had to appoint after some 40 MPs deserted him. Recently he promised to take any leadership challenge to the grass roots, saying he'd run in a new leadership race.
There's been talk that move could be blocked by disgruntled Labor MPs, a claim rejected by Corbyn's allies, but the numbers against him appear damning. Britain will have a new prime minister before it holds its next general election. It may, now, only be a matter of time before there's a new leader of the opposition.