UK Labour leadership rivals to debate head-to-head

Corbyn has refused to quit as UK Labour party leader despite pressure from within the party, pointing out that he was elected only last September on the back of strong grassroots and trade union supportBritain’s embattled Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will debate head-to-head on Thursday with the man seeking to unseat him in a bitter contest that has exposed deep divisions in the main opposition party. The veteran socialist takes on Owen Smith, a former member of his top team, in the first of several face-to-face debates between them ahead of a postal vote by members that will see the winner crowned on September 24. Labour has been plunged into disarray since Britain’s June 23 vote to leave the European Union, with lawmakers dissatisfied at Corbyn’s leadership demanding he step down in the political turmoil that followed.

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