UK Labour's Corbyn says expects to automatically be on ballot for leadership contest

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 10, 2016 5:12 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - British opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Sunday he expected to automatically be on the ballot for an upcoming leadership contest, without needing to be nominated by party lawmakers.

Labour lawmaker Angela Eagle has said she will launch a bid on Monday to replace the embattled Corbyn as party leader, saying he had failed to lead Labour legislators as an organized and effective force to hold the government to account.

"I'm expecting to be on the ballot paper because the rules of the party indicate that the existing leader, if challenged, should be on the ballot paper anyway," he told the BBC.

Corbyn said if the party's national executive committee decided he should not automatically be on the ballot, he would challenge that.

(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan and Alistair Smout; editing by Adrian Croft)