Jeremy Corbyn under more pressure over leadership

Jeremy Corbyn has lost the backing of several MPs. Picture: Getty
Jeremy Corbyn has lost the backing of several MPs. Picture: Getty
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Jeremy Corbyn has been dealt a blow in the Labour leadership contest after one of his most loyal MPs called on party members to back rival candidate Owen Smith.

Shadow Welsh Secretary Mr Smith entered the fray this week and will stand against Mr Corbyn and Angela Eagle.

The Pontypridd MP, who cancelled his campaign launch in the wake of the attacks in Nice, has been given a boost after winning the support of Cardiff Central MP Jo Stevens.

Ms Stevens previously had stood by Mr Corbyn, but has now told Labour members via e-mail of a change in her allegiance. She wrote: “During the past two weeks it has become painfully obvious that we have been unable to fulfil the very basic day to day operation as the official opposition in Parliament.

“We cannot present ourselves as a government in waiting without a leadership team that commands the respect and support of not only members but Labour voters.”

She added: “I want to let you know I will be supporting Owen Smith.”