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UK Labour in crisis as ballots close in leadership race

Britain's opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who looks set to sweep to victory as ballots close, leaves his home in London on September 21, 2016Britain’s Labour Party faces deadlock in a power struggle between the party’s centrist lawmakers and its leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn, as ballots closed Wednesday in a leadership challenge against him. In an eight-hour meeting of party chiefs on Tuesday, Corbyn rejected a plan by his deputy Tom Watson to let the party’s lawmakers vote on who should be in the “shadow cabinet” — its leadership team in parliament. Watson has also proposed giving the party’s MPs and trade unions more power over the choice of future Labour leaders, following criticism of the current process by Corbyn opponents who say that grassroots members and supporters have too much influence.

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