About the Labour Party
The Labour Party is a major mainstream party in British politics. Following the resignation of Ed Miliband in May 2015 the party ran a contest for a new leader.
On 12th September 2015, the Labour Party entered a new chapter in its history and elected left-wing back bench MP, Jeremy Corbyn. Following criticism that Mr Corbyn did not campaign passionately or effectively enough during the European Referendum for an 'In' vote Labour MPs began to turn on Mr Corbyn. Following the sacking of Hillary Benn as Shadow Foreign Secretary all but a handful members of his shadow cabinet stayed in post.
On 11th July 2016 following a vote of no confidence by 172 Labour MPs former Shadow Business Secretary Angela Eagle declared that she would mount a leadership challenge against Mr Corbyn. She was joined by Owen Smith former Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.
Who is Angela Eagle? - Find out here
Who is Owen Smith? - Find out here
In September 2016 with Angela Eagle dropping out of the race, Mr Corbyn was once again elected as Leader of the Labour Party.
Leader of the Labour Party
Read about Jeremy Corbyn MP and watch his acceptance speech here.
- Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party – Jeremy Corbyn MP
- Deputy Leader of the Labour Party - Tom Watson MP
- Shadow Chancellor – John McDonnell MP
- Shadow Foreign & Brexit Secretary – Emily Thornberry MP
- Labour London Mayor 2016 - Sadiq Khan MP
Features of the Labour Party
Labour Party conference 2016
- Read Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell's speech to conference last year in full here.
The Leadership Contest 2015
The candidates were:
- Andy Burnham MP, Yvette Cooper MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP and Liz Kendall MP
Find out more about them here